Do you see your doctor, dentist, and ophthalmologist regularly throughout the year? If not, it’s time you started to book in more regular appointments, ideally seeing your doctor annually, dentist every six months and your ophthalmologist every two years (unless, of course, you have an issue in any of these areas in between appointments).
You might wonder why this is necessary if there is nothing wrong with you and you feel absolutely fine. Why would you need to spend time and money seeing healthcare professionals when you are healthy? There are actually several reasons; read on to find out what they are.
The more often you are checked over by a healthcare professional, the easier it is to prevent any issues from occurring. For example, if you have slightly high blood pressure, this will be picked up and measures put in place to prevent it from becoming something that requires medication or that limits your life in some way. If you need to get clear braces to straighten your teeth this can be started much sooner, before you find it hard to bite or chew (or simply to improve your self-confidence much faster).
By seeing the experts regularly, they will be able to keep your health in check and ensure that it stays as good as possible; prevention is, as they say, much better than cure.
Not all illnesses or health issues are going to be obvious, and you might well feel absolutely fine and not realize that you have a problem at all. By going to see your doctor or dentist and having regular check-ups, these ‘invisible’ issues can be dealt with before they become too advanced or they mean you have to have a major procedure or take medication for the rest of your life.
Essentially, when you visit a doctor, dentist, or have an eye exam, you are allowing the expert to double-check that all is well and, if they spot an issue, treatment can begin much sooner than if you didn’t have these regular checks and instead only saw a professional when you started to feel unwell. By this time it might be too late to help you.
Of course, it’s important for everyone to be as healthy as possible and do what they can to ensure this is the case. However, it’s not always easy to know exactly what measures to take or what healthy routines you need to get into. If you have an ongoing health condition, it’s even harder to know what to do; you don’t want to harm yourself or make yourself more unwell in an effort to be healthier in general.
By seeing a doctor or dentist or by having an eye exam regularly, you will be able to learn much more about how to be healthy, and how you can specifically be healthy. You will have the opportunity to ask questions, discover whether what you’re doing is correct, and generally get on top of your healthy lifestyle.