Five Medical Appointments You Should Make in 2021
Friday, 11 December 2020

Many of us only make medical appointments when something is wrong, however what we real-ly ought to be doing is scheduling regular visits to ensure that we stay in peak health and catch any potential issues before they become more serious. With that in mind, here are five medical appointments that you should consider making in 2021.

Dentist

It’s recommended that you visit the dentist approximately every six months for a checkup. Not only can a dentist give your teeth a professional clean that’s far more thorough than what you can achieve at home, they can also keep an eye out for oral health problems that you will be unable to spot. For example this can include checking your mouth for signs of cancer, and do-ing X-rays to examine the condition of the roots of your teeth and your jaw bone.
 

Optician

The frequency with which you should see an optician will depend on your age and your eye-sight. For example people over 40 years old should go every two years, whereas younger people can go every three years. If you currently wear glasses or contact lenses however, you may need to go more frequently. Regular eye appointments are not just important for your vision, they can also be the first line of detection for medical conditions such as high blood pressure, dia-betes, neurological conditions and even brain tumors.
 

Primary Care Doctor

It’s important for everyone to visit their primary care doctor once a year, even if there are no particular conditions or symptoms that you’re concerned about. Your physician can perform a thorough medical checkup, take a look at your medical history and make sure you’re up to date with any necessary vaccines. They can also assess any possible risk factors that apply to you and arrange preventative screenings if required. This can be vital for catching potential health con-ditions such as cancer early on, giving you the best chance of recovery.
 

Gynecologist

For women, regular trips to the gynecologist are a must (whether you are sexually active or not). They can help make sure you get any required screenings for sexually transmitted diseases, as well as conduct certain cancer screenings. Your OB/GYN visit is also a great time to get advice on any issues that may be concerning you, whether that’s to do with birth control, menstrua-tion, or other sexual and reproductive health issues. It’s recommended to schedule an appoint-ment every one to three years.
 

Dermatologist

A dermatologist is concerned with the health of your skin, which is the body’s largest organ. There are no official guidelines for how often you should see one, but going once a year is a good idea when it comes to screening for signs of skin cancer. In addition, they can help with skin conditions such as eczema, acne and psoriasis, so if you suffer from any of those you might wish to make appointments more frequently. Your dermatologist will also be able to advise you on how best to protect your skin from the sun.
 
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