How often should you be visiting the doctor for a good old-fashioned check-up? How about the dentist? And, going to the (cringe) gynecologist? We have an entire list of doctors that you should be seeing semi-regularly, including how often the experts say you should be making an appointment.
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Chiropractor

How often you should visit^As often as you feel you need to

Chiropractic care is a bit different than other health care needs, as typically, you only visit the chiropractor if you have a specific medical need or concern. While some women do see their chiropractor for preventative care, most visit the chiropractor after the fact, such as after they throw out their back or if they are having sore joints due to pregnancy.

Dentist

How often you should visit^Twice a year, for cleanings and check-ups

The rule of thumb for keeping your teeth and gums healthy is to visit your dentist twice a year, for both a cleaning and a check-up. Many offices schedule those appointments separately, so you could end up at your dentist four times a year, total, when everything is said and done. Take advantage of booking your appointments in advance, if you can, so that they get on your calendar.

Dermatologist

How often you should visit^Every two years... if your screenings are normal

If you haven't been to the dermatologist to get a baseline screening of any markings on your body, book an appointment to get the process started. From there, your dermatologist will recommend how often you need to be screened, oftentimes every two years, if your screening is normal. The Skin Cancer Foundation also reminds us that preforming monthly self-checks of our skin is equally as important, as we are most likely to see changes in the markings on our skin ourselves, which can often lead to early detection and treatment of any problem spots.

Gynecologist

How often you should visit^Annually, unless...

... You are trying to conceive, pregnant or just had a baby. As a mom-to-be, a mom with a newborn or a mom who is still planning on having more children, it's likely that you'll be in and out of your OB-GYN's office more than just once a year. But if you are in between pregnancies or no longer planning to conceive, make sure you still get those annual check-ups on the books.

Naturopath

How often you should visit^Every six months

According to Dr. Samantha Brody, a naturopathic physician practicing out of Portland, Oregon, seeing your naturopathic physician on a semi-regular basis, such as every six months, allows you to keep your doctor integrated into your health care lifestyle. She says, "So many women are following the diet of the minute or taking supplements they've read about online. Having a qualified, licensed physician reviewing and helping with their [health care] plans is the best way for women to make sure they are on the right track, for themselves and for their families."

Regular check-up

How often you should visit^ At least once a year

While it's likely that you'll be in and out of your regular physician's office in the course of a year, scheduling a regular check-up with your doctor should always go on your annual calendar. Schedule it for one month after your birthday each year or on your half-birthday, as a reminder to keep up to date. Morton Tavel, MD, FACP, clinical professor of medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine gives us a good reminder: "Everyone should have a primary care physician who maintains her general health profile. Not only can a physical exam disclose potential 'silent' problems, such as high blood pressure, but also, if you suddenly need urgent care, your past medical record can be very useful in arriving at a diagnosis and treatment and sometimes, even lifesaving."

Please remember that we are not doctors at allParenting and these are only general guidelines. Please consult your own doctor for medical advice.

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