while most of the comments are helpful- i believe the less time you spend in an enclosed office with a lot of sick people the better. as far as the dentist - in this day and age with electric toothbrushes, good dental toothpaste, regular flossing and eating well - once a year to have a deep cleaning - xrays (which are hazardous to your health albeit necessary) is enough. the comment from previous contributors about 'insurance coverage' is well taken - the cost of these services has skyrocketed - and unless you have a predisposition to a certain problem - most of the 'visits recommended' are over rated. before i was diagnosed with Graves disease - which affected my eye sight - i was sent for unnecessary tests, eye doctors did not see or know what the problem was - and it was not until i DEMANDED to see an ENDOCRINOLOGIST was the actual diagnosis pinpointed - which was TWO years of me complaining and insisting. so the point here is TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF - you are your best judge - BB
12/15/2009 8:08:50 PM
Forgot to add - Great article!!!!
12/15/2009 8:07:53 PM
Guidelines have changed regarding initial pap smear. It is now 21yrs or 3 years after female becomes sexually active, whichever occurs first.
1/31/2009 6:03:37 PM
I go for regular dental cleaning every 4 months, three times a year. Although my insurance plan pays for only two per year, I go for the extra one. Especially if you build up plaque more than normal.
7/12/2008 2:01:20 PM
I have to agree on the twice-a-year dental checkups. Ever since I first started sporting teeth, my mom made me go to the dentist twice a year: once before school started, and once around my birthday. It's very, very important. I take excellent care of my teeth, but I had a cavity and an old filling coming loose, which would have gone unnoticed (presumably) for an entire year had I not gone in for a checkup when I did.
Thanks for the article. It's great info for those who may not be aware. I agree with another poster that said dental visits/cleanings should be twice a year. And disagree with the one who said health insurance won't cover it all. Most will at the frequencies mentioned in this article. If yours doesn't take it up with your employer they are the ones that dictate what services will be covered under their plan. And by all means take advantage of the stuff that IS covered. As for the colonoscopy yes every ten years, unless you have family history which means higher risk - then they bump it up to every 5 yrs after age 50. Oh and my hubby and I just discussed the importance of men getting their annual prostate check, but unfortunately most men shy away from this test because of the embarrassment and humiliation aspect. Really prevention is the key which is the reason for doing the things listed in the article. THANKS SP for talking about these important things.
Being a Dental Hygienist for 26 years. I wish the author would have said that instead of needing a dental exam once a year, we need to see patients twice a year and some patients need to be seen more often than that. There are very few people with healthy enough mouths to be seen only one time a year.
What a great article and VERY IMPORTANT. Although we dread these screenings, as a nurse I know how important they are. I really appreciate how sparks is so into the health aspect as well as weight loss. Thanks for this important reminder!!!
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