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Getting Medical Care

Taking Care of Your Teeth
There's a lot more to taking care of your teeth than breath mints and mouth sprays. Read this article to learn the facts on flossing, how to give plaque the brush-off, and much more.

Taking Care of Your Vision
Even if you're lucky enough to have perfect vision, taking care of and protecting your eyes is vital to keeping your peepers perfect. Learn all about how to take care of your baby blues (or browns or greens) in this article.

What's It Like to Have Surgery?
Knowing what to expect with surgery before you get to the hospital can make you less anxious about your surgical experience - and less stress helps a person recover faster.

What's It Like to Stay in the Hospital?
Scheduled for a hospital stay? Knowing what to expect can make it a little easier.

Talking to Your Doctor
Your best resource for health information and advice is your doctor - the person who knows you, your medical history, and accurate medical information to answer your questions.

Sports Physicals
Just as professional sports stars need medical care to keep them playing their best, so do teenage athletes. You can give yourself the same edge as the pros by making sure you have your sports physical.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor
You're probably used to answering your doctor's questions - not asking your own. But it's your body, so you should be able to ask your doctor questions about anything you'd like. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Immunizations
Missing out on shots puts you at more serious risk than you might think. That one little "ouch" moment protects you from some major health problems.

Who's Who in the Hospital
There are so many different medical specialties that it's easy to feel confused. Here's a guide to some of the experts who care for you in the hospital.

Adolescent Medicine Specialists
Adolescent medicine doctors are specialists who have extra training in the medical and emotional issues that many teens face.

Primary Care Doctors: Who's Who
A primary care physician is your first stop for medical care. Find out more about the primary care doctors who treat teens.

Choosing Your Own Doctor
We all deserve a doc who helps us feel comfortable and understood – and who can guide our medical care in a way we need. Get tips on finding the best doctor for you.

Finding Low-Cost Mental Health Care
If you need mental health care but don't think you can afford it, you're not alone. Get tips on finding low-cost or free mental health care in this article for teens.

Finding Low-Cost Medical Care
If you need medical care but don't think you can afford it, you're not alone. Get tips on finding low-cost or free care in this article for teens.

Taking Charge of Your Medical Care
Like learning to drive, figuring out health care is part of becoming an independent adult. Here are tips for teens on what that involves, and how to choose your own doctor.