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If you’re planning to take a road trip and do some traveling this winter, it’s important to check on your health before you embark on this adventure. By setting these appointments up well in advance of when you plan to leave, you can ensure that you get the time and date that works best for your schedule. As you plan for the next few months, be sure to incorporate these medical office visits to help you stay healthy.

Primary Care Physician

A regular visit to your primary care physician is one of the best things you can do for your long-term health. These visits help your doctor establish a history for you, making it easier to spot when something is wrong. Catching a health problem like high blood pressure or cholesterol early on allows the doctor to put you on a course of preventative care and stop these conditions before they grow life-threatening. Research shows that American adults who have a primary care provider have lower odds of premature death. These people are 19% less likely to die prematurely than Americans who only visit specialists to get care when their health is already failing. Preventative care can be life-saving, but only if it’s done regularly and supervised by a qualified doctor.

Gynecologist

For women, it’s also recommended to pay a visit to a gynecologist once a year. During this visit, the doctor will perform a breast exam to look for any early signs of breast cancer, such as lumps in the breast. The doctor will also perform a pap smear, where cells are scraped from the inside of the cervix and checked for irregularities. This is also an opportune time to discuss any concerns having to do with fertility, birth control, menopause, sexually transmitted diseases, or other women’s issues that can come up over the course of the year.

Optometrist Visit

Putting off your regular optometrist visits can impact your daily life in more negative ways than you realize. Not only can you experience headaches, blurriness, dizziness, and nausea, but wearing an outdated pair of glasses can increase your chance of being in a car accident. Taking a road trip with poor vision can land you in the hospital far away from your home. Getting your eyes checked can help make your day-to-day life more pleasant by eliminating headaches and the need to squint. The optometrist will also check for signs of more serious issues that can appear as you grow older, like glaucoma. You can be referred to specialists to resolve these issues before your sight becomes permanently damaged.

Dental Care Visits

Visiting the dentist is something many people dread, but it’s needed to stay healthy. Neglecting dental care can cause bigger, costlier issues down the line that insurance may not always cover. For example, gum disease can contribute to your risk of heart disease down the line. This is why dental check-ups should be done every six months to help stop cavities, gum disease, and other potential issues. Between these visits, you may want to see your dentist to help with cosmetic issues like tooth whitening or straightening the teeth.

While you should see the doctor at least once every 12 months, as you grow older, you may need to visit more often and seek more medical attention to keep yourself in optimal health. With these bases covered, you can spend the winter enjoying yourself and not having to worry about your health.