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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions regarding dentistry and oral health we hear at our dental practice in Phoenix.

Who’s the Dentist?

We have a team of expert dentists and assistants headed by Dr. Russell W. Roderick, DMD, FAGD.

How Can I Get in Touch With You?

Call 480-515-0404 or visit our Contact Us page. You may also visit our office at 26232 N. Tatum Boulevard, Suite 400, Phoenix, AZ 85050. (timing)

Should I Arrive Early My Dental Appointment?

We suggest that you arrive 10-15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.

What Should I Bring to My First Appointment?

Please bring these documents:

  • Patient information form
  • Insurance documents, if applicable
  • Identification documents
  • HIPAA consent form
  • Health history
  • Authorization form

How Long Does an Appointment Last?

A general consultation lasts for about 30 minutes. However, a consultation may be longer or shorter based on the procedure or treatment.

How Often Should I Visit the Dentist?

It’s recommended that you visit a dentist once every six months if you have no dental issues. If you experience a dental issue, you should visit the dentist as soon you notice the problem.

Which Toothbrush Should I Use?

We recommend using a soft bristle toothbrush. We can help you with proper brushing technique when you visit our office. You can also use an electric toothbrush if you’d like.

What Toothpaste Should I Use?

It’s very important to use the right toothpaste. Ideally, you should pick one that contains fluoride. However, the right toothpaste depends on your oral health. Visit us for a consultation to get an answer tailored to you.

Is it Important to Floss Even if I Brush?

Yes, you should floss your teeth at least once day, ideally before you go to bed to get rid of hidden food particles and germs.

What Else Can I Do to Ensure Good Oral Health?

In addition to maintaining good oral hygiene, you should avoid chewing on hard things, reduce the consumption of sweets, make sure to use mouthwash, and stay away from bad habits such as smoking and drinking. This will help prevent cavities and other dental problems.

What Should I Do if I’m Scared of the Dentist?

Talk to us. We’ll explain how most dental procedures performed today are painless thanks to improved technology and sedation dentistry.

You should also let us know if you have a low pain tolerance so that we can choose the right technique to ensure you feel no pain during or after the procedure.

Why Do I Need Dental X-Rays?

X-rays allow dentists to see what’s not visible to the naked eye. They also help us examine the early signs and symptoms of dental issues and prevent them from getting worse.

Are X-Rays Safe?

Digital x-rays are safe because the radiation is very low. Traditional x-rays, however, can cause risks, especially if you’re pregnant. Make sure to let us know if you’re pregnant when you visit our office.

What if the Dentist Has to Extract My Tooth?

As a dentist, our duty is to save a tooth. We try our best to avoid extractions and first try to save a tooth by using a root canal and other techniques first. However, in some cases, an extraction might be the only option.

Why Do I Have to Get My Tooth Extracted?

To prevent infections and other teeth from getting damaged. If a tooth is beyond repair, we suggest getting it removed so that the infection cannot spread to other teeth.

Can I Get Back a Missing Tooth?

Yes, it’s possible thanks to options like dental bridges and dental implants. Talk to our team about the right tooth replacement option for you.

How Can I Get a Better Smile?

We can give you a smile makeover with the help of cosmetic dentistry and dental restoration procedures like tooth whitening, dental veneers, etc. These procedures are designed to correct the shape and appearance of your teeth. This not only improves your smile but offers other benefits as well.

Should I Visit a Dentist if I Have Other Issues?

Some problems such as bad breath, snoring, headaches, neck pain, jaw aches, etc., might be due to dental issues. If you have such conditions then talking to a dentist might be a good idea.

Why Do My Teeth Hurt?

Your teeth might be loose, sensitive, or you may have cavities. Most of these problems can be solved with simple treatment options.

Why Do My Gums Hurt?

You might have gum inflammation, cavities, gum disease, or other dental issues. Some of these conditions can be very serious and must treated right away. Call us at 480-515-0404 to schedule an appointment if you have bleeding gums or inflammation.

What If I Have Other Serious Conditions Such as Diabetes and Hypertension?

Let us know before your visit starts about any prevailing condition so that we can suggest the right treatment option for you. Certain medicines and conditions can complicate dental treatments, so it’s best to talk to us beforehand so we can make the right recommendation.

Can I Miss Follow-Up Appointments if Everything Looks Right?

We recommend that you don’t miss appointments as they’re important for us to gauge your dental health and ensure everything is right. Some problems may be hidden and cannot be identified without a  proper examination.

What if I Am Not Happy with the Services?

Talk to us and let us know about the problem. We’ll try our best to solve the issue. In some cases, more procedures may be required. We’re always here to listen to you.

Do you handle emergency cases?

We’ll be happy to assist you in case of an emergency. Call 480-515-0404 to learn more.

How Much Do You Charge?

Dental fees depend on the nature or number of procedures required. Call us to get a quote.

Do You Accept Insurances?

Yes, we do. Our office can also assist you in the process.  However, remember that insurance may not cover all dental procedures.

If you have other questions not answered here, please feel free to call 480-515-0404 or visit our office.

Aesthetic Family Dentistry

26232 N. Tatum Boulevard, Suite 400
Phoenix, AZ 85050
(480) 515-0404


If you're looking for a professional and highly trained dentist in the North Phoenix & Cave Creek area, you've come to the right place. Our amazing dental team is ready to take care of all your dental needs. We welcome patients from all over Phoenix, including the Cave Creek, North Scottsdale, Tatum Ridge, and Desert View Village neighborhoods. Some of our more popular dental services include: cosmetic dentistry, regular cleanings, exams, dental implants to take care of those missing teeth, teeth whitening for a brighter, whiter smile, and porcelain veneers for a more beautiful smile. Contact Aesthetic Family Dentistry to book your next appointment at our North Phoenix dental office today.