Your senses are something that you should take very seriously. Taste, touch, sight, smell and hearing are things that can go at the drop of a hat – especially if you are not taking care of them properly. Getting regular check ups can be the difference between you being able to pinpoint problems and get them sorted in their early stages and letting them get out of control – often meaning that it’s too late to do anything about them. So what are the things that we need to be doing in order to keep on track with our health?
Generally speaking, it’s not a regular trip that you need to your optician. The recommended time between appointments is two years, so it’s not like you have to really put yourself out often. Not only do your eyes give you sight, but they can be indicators of other problems too. Your ophthalmologist will be able to detect more serious problems such as brain tumours, so it’s always good to mention any headaches or dizziness that you may be feeling to them. Your eyes are one of the most important senses that you have; they account for how you react to situations and can handle them, as well as giving you basic needs like balance and spacial awareness. The more you can look after them, the better – especially as you move into old age.
Many people all over the world get by with a loss of hearing, but that doesn’t mean that you should be complacent with the idea of it happening. If you have noticed that you’re not catching on to words as easily as you used to, that you’re having to turn your music or television up louder to hear it or are hearing noises despite nothing producing a sound around you, you may have to see a hearing specialist.
They will be able to give you a cause for why you may be feeling this way. When you visit the opticians, there may be a hearing specialist there who will be able to see you should you have any cause for concern. It could be that you need your ears unblocking, that you need a hearing aid or even a problem with your ear drum; there is so much to take into consideration when dealing with your ears that it’s best to leave the care of it up to an expert. Don’t think that you can solve the problem by sticking anything in your ear; this can do a lot more harm than good. You shouldn’t even be poking around with a cotton bud.
A trip to the dentists should be undertaken every six months at least, if not more under recommendation. Our mouths serve for a lot; not just to be able to eat with, but to speak, laugh, sing and so much more. Good dental hygiene routines are so important to incorporate into your daily regime, and it’s not just the brushing that you need to focus on – flossing in between each tooth is also essential to ensure that you are fully getting rid of any debris that may have made its way there. Ask your dentist for what they recommend that you use.
Not only are dentists great for keeping on top of the health of your teeth, but they can also help with the cosmetics. If your teeth aren’t as white as you would like, booking in with a hygienist and ensuring that you follow procedure to get them up to the shade that you desire is a possibility. It’s always recommended that you go to a qualified dentist for this rather than doing it yourself, as there are sensitivity issues and allergic reactions that may arise as a result, which they are trained to deal with.
Unless you suffer from Anosmia, you shouldn’t not have a sense of smell. Your sense of smell is directly related to your sense, so a loss of one indicates a problem with the other – they go hand in hand. It could be an indicator of something as common as a cold of the flu, but keeping on top of your senses and knowing your body well enough to realise when one of them is out of kilter is one of the most important things that you can do for your body. The further ahead you can keep with treating your body with the respect it reserves in relation to its wellbeing, the better it will treat you in return.