Visiting your doctor when you’re perfectly healthy might seem silly, but annual medical checkups are an important tool for monitoring your general health. In the long-term, it could mean you need to see even less of your doctor every year, as minor ailments or telltale signs of future concerns could be picked up early.
It’s recommended that each member of your family undergo a routine physical examination once a year. If there are any underlying health concerns, these should be carefully monitored and more regular appointments required. That said, as children grow, more regular appointments are advised, so even though they’re growing tall and strong, checking in with the doctor every six months isn’t a bad idea. It’s especially important for adolescent and pre-teen children to see their doctors when the signs of puberty begin to appear, so that their development can be checked to ensure there are no issues. Children will also be checked to ensure they’re up to date with their vaccinations and are in good health all round. For women, it’s important to undergo an annual gynaecological and breast exam too.
Regular oral examinations are important for dental health and it’s generally recommended that you book to see your dentist at least once a year, but preferably every six months. For children, as their teeth develop and baby teeth fall out, it’s imperative that their teeth be checked by your dentist every six months.
LifeDoc™ can help you plan ahead and remind you of those essential checkup appointments throughout the year. Using LifeDoc™ means that you can give your doctor access to chosen information in your personal health record, once you’ve seen your doctor, record the results of your annual medical checkups with ease. Register here or like the LifeDoc™ Facebook page for regular updates. You can also stay on track with LifeDoc™ developments on Twitter.