Every year at New Year’s time and at Back to School time, I think about all of the resolutions we make and don’t necessarily keep about how we are going to take care of ourselves and get healthy. There are more new gym memberships at these two times of the year than at any other time. But do we follow through? I’m not intending this blog post to be a downer. On the contrary, I am on a mission to remind us why we need to get healthy.
In September, if we are fortunate enough, we are getting back from our summer vacations, facing reality, buying new school supplies and new wardrobes for the kids and dealing with endless school meetings, school obligations, not to mention changing work challenges.
But what about taking care of yourselves? We always seem to be last for everything. Well, I am here to remind you that you need to take care of yourselves. What will happen if you get sick or worse and you can’t take care of your family? You need to put yourself first. Who is supposed to put the oxygen mask on first when there is an emergency on the airplane? YOU. You need to be there to help the kids out.
I am suggesting you make sure you get to your family doctor for your annual physical. Make sure you do it. Tell the doctor if there are any changes in the way you feel or changes in your medical history..any new pains, any new symptoms that you’ve been ignoring, any changes in sleep patterns or possible snoring or sleep apnea. Also tell them if there are any changes in your anxiety levels or shortness of breath. Don’t leave anything out. It may be relevant.
For the Women: Go to your Gynecologist. Same thing. Don’t leave anything out even you think it isn’t relevant.
Take their advice.
If you haven’t seen your dentist at least once this past year- run, don’t walk. Many medical issues show up in your mouth before showing any signs or symptoms in other parts of your body. These may range from cancer, circulatory or cardiac issues and sleep disorders like sleep apnea…not to mention cavities. Leaking or defective fillings usually don’t hurt until it’s too late and you will need a root canal. Your dentist can identify which fillings have outlived their usefulness way before they start to hurt. Please don’t wait that long. My best advice is to fix these issues early. You will save yourself a lot of pain and money. It’ really that simple.
Speaking of money, here at Dr Gershberg’s office we have a number of ways to help make your dentistry affordable. We don’t want you to go without great dental care. Call Patti at 610-527-6700 to find out more.
Please take care of yourself. The lives of your loved ones depend on it. We want you to live a long healthy life.
Sleep Comfortably. Smile Beautifully. Live a Healthy Life
Dr Stephen Gershberg
Bryn Mawr, PA