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The 5 Types of Medical Appointments Everyone Needs

Primary Care Provider – Yearly

It is important that adults become established with a primary care provider or family doctor. He or she will perform a physical exam, assess medical history and risk factors. Preventative health screenings can help determine if you will need any further testing, exams or a referral to a specialist. Your provider can also keep you up to date with vaccinations, medication review and disease management.

Eye Doctor – Yearly to every 2 years

The American Optometric Association states periodic eye and vision examinations are an important part of preventive care and patients should have an exam at least every 2 years until the age of 60. Early diagnosis and treatment can also help prevent vision loss. During your visit the doctor will ask about any eye or vision problems, medication review and perform an eye exam.

Dentist – Every 6 months to 1 year

It is important not to forget about regular dental visits as a part of your health maintenance. Regular visits to the dentist can help prevent many problems from developing and can help diagnosis some diseases or medical conditions. The American Dental Association recommends a checkup even if you are not experiencing any symptoms, as you can still have dental problems only a dentist can diagnose.

Gynecologist – Yearly

Women should begin seeing a gynecologist at the age of 21, regardless of sexual activity. Your physician will perform a pap smear, pelvic exam and breast exam during your annual visit. These exams are a preventative measure that will check for signs of infection, growths, abnormalities and cancer screening. A yearly mammogram is also recommended for women starting at age 45 and women at high risk or family history of breast cancer.

Dermatologist – Yearly

A yearly visit to your dermatologist is a great way to be proactive with screenings for different types of skin conditions. Your dermatologist will review medical history, family history and perform a skin cancer screening. These screenings will assess for any suspicious lesions, moles or spots on your skin.

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