Friday, June 30, 2017

An Apple a Day: Keeping The Doctor at Bay (with Regular Health Checks)

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Nowadays we are more aware than ever of the positive and negative effects that certain habits or activities can have on our physical health. Scientific research has helped in recognizing detrimental parts of our lifestyle and how to succeed in living a long, healthy and fulfilling lifestyle. But with so much advice coming from left, right and centre how do we know where to start and what to focus on? A good place to start is engaging with regular health checks. These can help to identify any health problems early on, making them easier to treat and resolve. Here are a few that you should make sure to book in.

 
Dental Check Ups

It is absolutely necessary to go for a dental check up every single year. You may need additional appointments if you are having dental problems such as difficult wisdom teeth, decay or gum disease. We cannot emphasise this enough. Even if you are scared of the dentist, you must overcome your fears and push yourself to go. Otherwise problems will only worsen and you will end up having to have more serious work carried out when you are forced to visit through the intense pain of abscesses, severe decay or broken teeth. Dental checkups really aren’t all that scary. These professionals are here to help you, not hurt you. So go with a trusted dental clinic like Cap City Dental. A general check up will allow the dentist to examine the general health of your teeth. X rays will show any interior decay which you may not notice from the outside. Any minor decay can be rectified with small fillings which are painless and quickly performed. You should also remember to book in a separate appointment with your hygienist. This is a dentist who specialises in oral hygiene. They will be able to scale and polish your teeth and give recommendations for better oral care.
 
 
Eye Tests

Good sight is such an important part of most people’s lifestyle. Many of us would feel lost without our vision, so it’s important that we keep an eye on our ocular health. This means booking in for regular eye tests. You should see your optician once every two years at least. The eye check will involve a perception test and an examination of your inner eye, from front to back. A qualified eye doctor will be likely to shine a light into your eye and be able to see its inner health. They will be able to identify early signs of illnesses such as glaucoma or macular degeneration. They can also detect warning signs of diabetes by observing the functioning and health of blood vessels within your eye. The second part of the eye test will involve you reading from the stereotypical eye test board. You will be asked to identify letters of different sizes from a distance. If you find yourself struggling, the optician will be able to use lenses to work out the prescription that you require. You will then be able to invest in appropriate glasses or contact lenses which will help to correct your vision and prevent further damage through eye strain or squinting.
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