Don’t forget to schedule these annual preventive appointments
Here’s what you need to know.
If you feel like the year is slipping away, you are not alone. Amidst widespread disruptions to our normal order, staying on track with your regular healthcare routine may have taken a backburner.
However, medical and dental offices have been working diligently to modify their hours and service models to ensure they can keep treating patients efficiently — and there’s still time left before the year’s end.
When it comes to staying healthy and avoiding chronic disease, prevention is key. It is not too late to get the following assessments on the books before 2020 is over.
Book a routine physical exam
It might seem ambitious to visit your healthcare provider when you’re not even feeling sick, however, some of the most important health conversations and preventive measures are undertaken during a routine physical exam.
At your physical exam, your healthcare provider can assess your general state of wellbeing and screen for emerging chronic diseases. Crucial measurements such as a weight check, blood sugar assessment and blood pressure measurement can provide clues about developing conditions. Identifying problems early will allow you plenty of time to work with your healthcare provider to course-correct as needed.
Make sure to mention any new symptoms or changes in your health status to your medical provider. It is also important to ask if you are due for any preventive screenings, such as a mammogram, colonoscopy or bone density test.
Schedule a dental cleaning
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 4 adults have untreated tooth decay. To avoid this, it's important to schedule your routine teeth cleaning.
Staying on top of your dental health can pay dividends. If you missed your six-month hygiene appointment, be sure to get in before the end of the year so your dentist can address any developing concerns before they get worse.
Get up to date on vaccinations
Vaccines are some of the most important and accessible preventive measures at your fingertips. An annual influenza vaccine is recommended for anyone six months and older, according to the CDC. Flu shots generally become available in mid-autumn, so make sure to schedule an appointment to get vaccinated around this time.
If you or your children have missed other vaccines due to the pandemic, make sure to check in with your medical provider to get back on track as soon as possible. The more you can avoid disease in the first place, the better the odds that you will be able to stay out of the hospital this winter.
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