Pediatric Dentist in Framingham, MA

Dr. Himelhoch is a board certified pediatric dentist in Framingham MA, but what does that actually mean? Pediatric dentistry focuses on the oral health of babies, children and adolescents. It is a specialty within the field of dentistry, which requires extra and specialized training. In order to become a pediatric dentist, a dentist must complete the four-year dental training program followed by an additional 2 to 3 years of specialized training. This often includes a hospital residency in pediatric dentistry. The needs of an infant, toddler, and teenager are different than an adult, which is why finding a great pediatric dentist is so important to your child’s oral health!

Taking your child to the dentist regularly from an early age (prior to their first birthday), gives us the chance to focus on early detection, prevention, and treatment of dental diseases and common dental problems. It also teaches your children the best dental habits from an early age, which can help your child to grow up with a happy and healthy smile! We offer a full spectrum of pediatric dental services to the residents of Framingham, Southborough, Ashland, Wayland, Natick, Marlborough, and Hopkinton MA.

It’s important to understand that not all pediatric dentists are certified. Board certified pediatric dentists must take and pass all parts of the board certification examination. Dr. Himelhoch is proud to be a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Her advanced training, icluding both a masters degree and residency in pediatric dentistry, enables her to provide comprehensive pediatric dental care for her patients.

We want your child’s teeth to be healthy from day one. Starting with a proper dental care routine from day one will not only help your child gain healthy habits, but also ensure a healthy smile later in life!

During a visit with a pediatric dentist, you will learn how to properly brush, floss, and care for your child’s teeth. We will also perform a caries risk assessment, and provide you with information about Early Childhood Caries, or ‘baby bottle tooth decay’. We will also discuss pacifier and thumb sucking habits, jaw growth and development.

Just like infants and toddlers have special dental needs, so do teenagers! Teenagers often have more freedom, and the ability to make their own decisions. Often teens will start eating unhealthy and sugary snacks, and also develop other unhealthy habits such as smoking. Foods and drinks high in sugar can cause tooth decay and other dental problems, which regular trips to the dentist can help prevent, and correct.

As our children grow, their appearance becomes more and more important to them. Dr. Himelhoch is also a trained orthodontist, who will help determine if/when your child should start orthodontic treatment, and what type of braces will work best. We offer metal braces, clear ceramic braces, as well as Invisalign® Teen (the clear alternative to braces). Our main goal is to provide your family with top quality dental and orthodontic treatment, call us today to schedule an appointment.



Tuesday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday* 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
* Two Saturdays per month

To all my wonderful patients and their families:


The greatest pleasures of my career are watching children grow strong and healthy and seeing smiles become more beautiful. It has been a tremendous privilege to be a part of that growth and transformation. Now, however, it is time for me to slow down and share the care of my patients.


Starting in September 2022, Smiles in Framingham will merge with Moynihan Dental Specialists. I will remain with the practice, but will reduce my hours and give up administrative responsibilities. The wonderful team of people you and I have come to rely on will be staying. They will continue to help care for you. There will also be new faces, new people who will get to know and care for and about you.


Dr. Michael Moynihan is a second generation dentist and orthodontist practicing in Framingham. Dr. Mike, as he is known, is on the faculty of Boston University in the department of orthodontics. We spent two years as teaching partners supervising the Boston University orthodontic residents as they treated special needs children at Franciscan Hospital for Children. It was during that time I came to appreciate both how skilled Dr. Mike is and how much he cares about his patients. I retired from teaching prior to the pandemic, but Dr. Mike still puts much of his time and energy into teaching the next generation of orthodontists.


I met Dr. Daniel Moynihan when he was my student in 2017. Even at that time he was one of my most conscientious students. He cares deeply about all of his patients and I am proud to be associated with him. Dr. Dan is highly skilled with all aspects of orthodontics, including treatment using Invisalign and other aligners.


Dr. Katherine Moynihan and Dr. Christine Chiao are other members of the Moynihan team. Dr. Katherine Moynihan finished her orthodontic training at Boston University in 2021. Dr. Christine Chiao is a pediatric dentist, who also teaches at the Boston University School of Dental Medicine.


Life is an adventure with many chapters, twists, and turns. I enter this chapter of my life looking forward to what comes next and feeling some sadness that this phase of my life is changing. For now, we will be keeping all appointments as scheduled. We will contact you individually about any appointment changes. All orthodontic contracts will be honored with care provided by the orthodontists. I have every confidence that the doctors of Moynihan Dental Specialists will provide you with excellent care for many years to come.


My very best wishes to all of you,


Dr. Deborah Himelhoch