Nowadays, the majority of us lead relatively hectic lifestyles. We have busy work schedules, with many of us now working overtime or over weekends. We then have familial commitments, as well as non-stop social meetings and appointments to keep up with. Try to fit in gym classes, hobbies, and other bits and bobs, and it’s not all too surprising that we have are left with little time on our hands. However, it’s extremely important that you do manage to make time to book and attend regular health appointments into your calendar. These will help to ensure that you remain in tip-top physical condition at all times, avoiding health complaints or the deterioration of your overall health and well being. Here are just a few important appointments that you should really keep up with!
It is extremely important that you take care of your teeth on a daily basis. You should brush your teeth once in the morning and once in the evening, as well as flossing, using inter dental brushes between your molars, and then rinsing with a fluoride mouthwash. However, on top of this everyday care, you should visit both your dentist and hygienist at least once a year, but preferably once every six months. Let’s take a look at what each professional can do for you!
Your dentist will conduct an examination of your mouth, determining the overall health of your teeth, tongue, gums, and inner cheeks. If they identify any problems, they will identify the cause of said problems. Perhaps one of your teeth is showing early signs of decay. Your dentist will be able to take a specialist x ray of the tooth, highlight the presence of bacteria and determine how deep the decay runs. If there is only a little decay, they will be able to carry out a filling, however, if the damage is extensive, they may have to conduct a root canal procedure. If you are experiencing problems with how your wisdom teeth are coming through, they will be able to carry out a tooth extraction. If you have a chip or broken tooth, they will be able to repair the tooth, add a crown, or create a bridge. These are just the purely health-based benefits a dentist can have on your life. They can also provide aesthetic services, such as whitening, straightening, or veneers.
While the majority of people have visited a dentist regularly throughout their lives, a smaller percentage will specifically book in with a hygienist. A hygienist is a professional who specializes in oral hygiene. They will remove plaque and tartar build up from your teeth, apply sealants and fluorides to protect your teeth from damage, as well as ensuring that you are carrying out an adequate oral hygiene routine at home.
It is relatively rare that people experience drastic and sudden changes in their eyesight. Instead, the majority of us will experience extremely gradual change which can be easier to miss, as we simply grow accustomed to being able to see a little less clearly or experience a slightly more limited field of vision. This is why it’s extremely important that you keep up with regular eye tests. It is generally advised that you book in with an optometrist once every two years, but if you feel that your vision may have altered recently, you should always feel comfortable booking in an early checkup. During your eye test, a qualified and trained professional will survey the overall health and condition of your eye from front to back. They may shine a light in your eyes and take a picture with a specialist camera, which will allow them to take a look at the blood vessels and capillaries in your eye. This can help them to identify early signs of disease or deterioration. They are also likely to get you to read numbers or letters on a board from a distance, identifying issues such as shortsightedness or farsightedness. If any issues are highlighted or unveiled, they will be able to prescribe you the right lenses to correct your field of vision, offer laser eye surgery to correct issues, or advise that you try some of these tips following surgery or medical intervention.
The majority of us only ever visit the doctor when we are experiencing negative symptoms of an illness. However, there are a couple of sex specific checkups that individuals should attend at their local doctor’s surgery when they reach a specific age. Women should generally attend cervical screening (otherwise known as a smear test) every three years between the ages of 25 and 49. The regularity of these appointments will generally drop from once every three years to once every five years when you reach the ages of 59 to 64. These screenings can help to identify abnormalities or changes that occur in your cervix. If you are a man, you should attend a prostate examination regularly after the age of 50. These exams will help to identify changes or abnormalities in the prostate gland.
There are, of course, plenty of other health oriented routine appointments that you should seriously consider scheduling. However, hopefully this short list has helped to give you a few ideas and remind you to book in checkups with a variety of health professionals who will be able to take care of certain aspects of your overall health and well being!
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