Ask most professionals, and they’ll tell you that you should visit the doctor about once every six months. But is that necessary? Should you visit the doctor even if there’s nothing wrong with you?
Obviously, if you’re experiencing the pain of some sort (and it’s new), you should visit the doctor. Pain in the abdomen, neck or back should result in a trip to a professional. Likewise, if you discover that you have bleeding or infected gums, then a trip to the dentist is vital.
But the question of whether you should visit these professionals regularly if there’s nothing outwardly wrong remains a question for many. Visiting the doctor can be difficult, especially in countries with long waiting lists or expensive insurance premiums.
Visiting The Dentist
It’s been the norm to visit the dentist twice a year since the end of the Second World War. People in the military tended to have poor dental hygiene and so trips to the dentist became a necessity. Dental practices have improved substantially since then, but at the same time, the diet of the average person has gotten worse.
How often you need to visit the dentist really depends on the susceptibility of your teeth to cavities and infections. People with excellent diets, low in sugar, don’t have to go to the dentist as often. Once every two years will suffice. For others, however, the six months rule still applies.
Visiting The Audiologist
Audiologists are specialists involved in assessing the state of your hearing. Unlike regular doctors, they have specific expertise in everything to do with hearing. As you speak with them, you learn more about the condition of your ears.
Audiologists appointments are necessary because they can tell you about the deterioration in your hearing that you may not be aware of yourself. Knowing the state of your hearing is important because the earlier you act, the better your chances are of preserving the hearing that you do have. Experts recommend a trip to the audiologist about once per year.
Visiting The Therapist
Visiting your doctor, dentist and audiologist are determined by the state of your physical health. But visiting the therapist isn’t something that can be ascribed a timetable: it depends on your state of mind, relationship with your therapist, and a range of other factors.
According to psychotherapists, the frequency with which you see a therapist depends both on your own condition, and the type of therapist that you’re seeing. Some therapies, like cognitive behavioral therapy, require a single appointment every week whereas other forms of treatment, like psychoanalysis, require four to six sessions per week.
Visiting The Doctor
As people get older, it is crucial to monitor biomarkers for deterioration. Things like high blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure can indicate underlying health problems. People over the age of 50 become progressively more susceptible to chronic disease with every passing year. It’s worth, therefore, visiting the doctor about once every twelve months for an annual checkup to keep an eye on critical parameters.