There are many check-ups that are worth carrying out on an annual basis. These check-ups could help to detect problems early and prevent bigger problems later down the line. Just what types of check-ups are worth doing each year? Below are 7 examples.
Seeing a dentist every year can be important for checking up on your oral health. Dental problems like gingivitis and cavities may be able to be caught early before they turn into something more severe. Treating such problems early won’t just save your teeth, but could save you a lot of money in expensive future dental treatment.
Don’t wait until your vision gets blurry to book an eye test. It’s worth booking an annual eye test to see if your vision is still as sharp – many of us can get used to poor vision and may only notice it once it becomes severe, by which point it could be dangerous if you drive. A local optician will be able to carry out your eye test for you and send you reminders of when you need another test.
Blood pressure test
High blood pressure can damage your arteries and heart, and yet may display no symptoms. Things like stress, lack of sleep, poor diet, smoking, and heavy drinking can all cause high blood pressure. It’s worth taking a blood pressure test every year – you can visit a doctor to do this or you can buy a home blood pressure monitor.
If you have pets, it could also be worth taking them for a check-up at the vet each year. Animals are very good at hiding health problems as a survival instinct, and you may only notice something is wrong once the health problem gets severe. Your vet will be able to schedule an annual check-up – this typically isn’t very expensive and will be covered by pet insurance if you have it.
Car safety inspection
In some states, it’s a legal requirement to get a safety inspection carried out on your vehicle every year. In other states, it’s not mandatory, but still highly recommended. Annual safety inspections are generally quite cheap and can help detect problems early – potentially preventing a breakdown or an accident at a later date.
If you have an HVAC system in your home, it could be important to get this serviced annually. HVAC issues can result in poor air quality, high energy bills and poor heating/cooling effectiveness – an annual service can detect these issues early so that they can be fixed before they become more severe.
Finally, it’s worth getting your roof inspected every year – especially if you live in an older home with an older roof. Roofing damage can often get overlooked, but such damage can cause so many problems from rainwater leaks (which could lead to expensive water damage) to heat loss (which could result in more expensive heating bills). By getting a roofing company to inspect your roof each year, you detect problems early.
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