Blood pressure monitors, doctor’s scales, oral irrigators, dental mouth mirrors, and dental picks are all considered tools of the trade for doctors. Doctors use these instruments to examine, monitor, and improve the health of their patients. But you do not have to be a doctor to use these tools, and you do not have to wait until you go to the doctor’s office to keep track of your health. You can buy these tools yourself and use them to monitor and maintain your health in the comfort of your own home.
Blood Pressure Monitors
Your doctor often uses a blood pressure monitor to check your blood pressure when you go to your annual physical. But you can also buy your own blood pressure monitor and check your own blood pressure on a daily basis. You can buy either an aneroid or digital blood pressure monitor. Target.com sells blood pressure monitors such as the Samsung Manual Inflate Blood Pressure Monitor for $24.99 and the Homedics Manual Inflate Digital Blood Pressure Monitor for $34.99. More blood pressure monitors include the Lumiscope Manual Blood Pressure Monitor sold by Goodman’s (www.goodmans.net) for $13.99, the Automatic Memory Blood Pressure Monitor sold by Hocks.com for $44.99, and the Medline Digital Blood Pressure Unit sold by Bethman Sales (www.bethmansales.com) for $43.95.
When you go to the doctor’s office, the doctor usually checks your weight on a doctor’s scale, which would likely give you a more accurate reading than the scale you have at your house. But you don’t have to wait until you go to the doctor’s office to get a precise reading of your weight. You can buy a doctor’s scale for yourself from such places as Hocks.com, which sells Health O Meter the Doctor’s Scale Dial Scale for $39.34. Doctor’s scales would come in handy if you need to lose weight or keep a precise record of your weight.
Oral Irrigators or Water Picks
Dentists use oral irrigators or water picks to wash away bacterial debris which gets stuck on teeth and gums. You too might find this tool helpful to clean your mouth and reach areas in the mouth where a toothbrush can’t get to, particularly if you have braces. Consider buying the oral irrigator from Wal-Mart for $59.84 or the Conair Interplak Dental Water Jet sold on Dentist.net for $42.99.
Dental Mouth Mirrors
When you go for a dental checkup, the dentist might use a mouth mirror to better see inside of your mouth to inspect your teeth for cavities. You can use a dental mouth mirror, too. You can use it in conjunction with a larger mirror when you are trying to locate and remove plaque and food that is stuck between your teeth. Dental mouth mirrors are very affordable. You can get a mouth mirror from Dental Depot (www.dentaldepot.com) for $1.15.
Dentist use dental picks to take off plaque and hard to remove tartar on the teeth. You, too, can use a dental pick, which can be more effective than a toothpick. It’s good to use a dental pick to remove tartar more often, because when tarter stays on the teeth for too long it can lead to tooth decay. Target sells the Dentek Ultra Dental Pick for $5.49.