Where Can I Find A Pediatric Dentist In Framingham MA?

Our team at Smiles In Framingham specializes in providing full-service pediatric dental care in Framingham MA for children and adolescents. As a top pediatric dentist in Framingham, Dr. Himelhoch will make sure your child’s care is in the best hands possible. Our mission is to provide a positive dental experience in a friendly environment.

What Is A Pediatric Dentist?

A pediatric dentist also referred to as a dentist for kids, is a highly qualified dental professional who has received additional training and skills to specifically treat the emotional, developmental, and medical needs of children patients. A pediatric dentist in Framingham is responsible for developing good habits and implementing proper care regiments.

What Does A Pediatric Dentist Do?

A Framingham pediatric dentist such as Dr. Himelhoch understands the importance of maintaining the health of primary teeth. When issues are left untreated, cavities often lead to problems with developing permanent teeth. Primary teeth or baby teeth are important for proper chewing, guiding permanent teeth into correct position, and permitting the normal development of jaw bones and muscles. Primary teeth also add to an attractive appearance and the development of speech. The main responsibilities of a pediatric dentist include:

  • Diagnosing oral diseases
  • Promoting, maintaining, and restoring oral health
  • Monitoring growth and development of teeth and jaws
  • Repairing decaying teeth
  • Fixing dental injuries

How Are A General Dentist And Pediatric Dentist Different?

A general dentist has some experience treating children but may not be as familiar in dealing with younger patients. However, a good pediatric dentist helps your child feel comfortable and positive about coming to the dentist. Frequently, bad experiences with a dentist early on can affect a child’s feelings towards care later in life. At Smiles In Framingham, we are dedicated to providing the best possible dental treatment in Framingham MA to kids of all ages.

Does Your Child Need To Visit A Pediatric Dentist In Framingham?

It is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics that a child should have their first visit to a pediatric dentist by their first birthday. It is important for your child to establish a dental home early on. This allows professionals such as Dr. Himelhoch to build a relationship with young patients early on and guide them to a healthy smile.

What To Expect During The First Visit With A Pediatric Dentist

During an initial free consultation, our goal is to make your child feel comfortable and relaxed. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that a child have their first visit with a pediatric dentist by the time their first tooth has erupted. We are dedicated to establishing a home for your child’s dental care and we encourage parents to be apart of the process.

When Should A Child Visit A Pediatric Dentist In Framingham MA?

pediatric dentist framinghamThe American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a pediatric dentistry check-up at least twice a year for most children. Some children require more frequent dental visits due to increased risk of tooth decay, poor oral hygiene, or unusual growth patterns. Routine dental visits help your child stay healthy and cavity-free. Professional teeth cleanings remove debris that accumulates on teeth, irritate the gums, and cause tooth decay. Fluoride treatments help strengthen teeth and prevent cavities. Proper hygiene instructions improve your child’s brushing and flossing habits, which leads to healthier teeth and gums. A Framingham pediatric dentist such as Dr. Himelhoch is capable of completing the following procedures:

Routine/Diagnostic Services

  • Cleaning and Hygiene – helps ensure that your child maintains healthy teeth and good oral hygiene
  • Examination – exams and discussions about oral hygiene, including issues such as brushing, flossing, teething, or thumb sucking.

Preventative Services

  • Fluoride treatments – fluoridated water, toothpaste, and mouth rinses are commonly used to keep children’s teeth healthy, strong and cavity-free.
  • BPA-free sealant – provide a barrier to protect against cavities and can be applied to baby molars, adult premolars, and posterior molars.
  • Space maintainers – help prevent the crowding of adult teeth and the shifting of baby teeth
  • Mouthguard – provide ultimate protection of your child’s adult teeth from fractures caused by trauma or injury

Restorative Services

  • White fillings – used to treat cavities or broken teeth while remaining aesthetically appealing
  • Pediatric crowns – recommended for children following a baby root canal or if a baby tooth suffers from cavities or severe trauma
  • Baby root canals – prevents premature loss to maintain the integrity of the affected tooth
  • Extractions – address tooth decay or orthodontic problems with pediatric patients

Finding A Pediatric Dentist In Framingham MA

Dr. Himelhoch and our team at Smiles In Framingham are experts in pediatric dentistry. If you are looking for pediatric dentistry in Framingham MA, Southborough MA, Natick MA, Ashland MA, Wayland MA, Marlborough MA, and Hopkinton MA. Contact Smiles In Framingham to schedule a free consultation today. Call now (508) 872-0555.



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Thursday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday* 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
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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