Most of us have pretty busy schedules. We go to work. We fit in the gym or fitness classes. Some of us have children to care for. Some of us have pets to care for. We generally want to relax or get involved in social activities with friends and family in our free time. So, it’s not all too surprising that many of us begin to neglect the health appointments that we should schedule.
The thing is, though, that these appointments really are important for our overall health and wellbeing. We need to keep to them to allow ourselves to be as fit and healthy as possible. So, what appointments do you really need to stick to? Here are a few to put in your diary.
You should visit your dentist at least once a year. Once every six months is the recommended appointment frequency. When you visit the dentist, they will use the opportunity to take a look around your mouth and examine its overall health. If you have any issues developing with your teeth, such as the beginnings of any decay or gum disease, your dentist will be able to identify this and provide restorative treatment that will help maintain your oral health. During your appointment, they will use a special x-ray that will allow them to check out the interior health of your teeth where they can’t see. If any issues are shown, they can book a follow-up appointment for fillings, root canals, wisdom tooth removal, or other common procedures that can help prevent pain and further problems. They can also make dental care recommendations to help you to maintain your teeth well yourself.
You should visit your option less frequently than your dentist – once every two years. This isn’t much of a commitment, so make sure you don’t miss your appointment. Your optician will be able to survey the health of your eye, from front to back, using special equipment and machinery. This will be entirely pain-free. They will also be able to test your vision. The results of these tests will determine whether you need to be referred for treatment of any eye conditions, or whether you need prescription lenses.
You generally only need to visit the doctor when you have symptoms of ill health. But there are also certain routine checks you may need to be carried out depending on your sex, age, and other factors. Make sure you’re aware of the checks you should be having carried out. Generally, anyone over the age of 25 who has a cervix should have cervical screening carried out once every three years. People with a prostate may need prostate checks after the age of 50. There are many other routine checks, so ask your doctor which is recommended for you.
These are just three health professionals you should be booking routine health checks with. They will be able to maintain your health and resolve any emerging problems sooner rather than later!