It’s a basic dental practice 4×6 card with a diagram of a mouth… and entries nearly 20 years of appointments for one patient. My staff came across the card recently and thought we’d share it with you. We’ve removed the patient’s name, but her history is very interesting and her dental record runs from January 1969 through August 1986. The patient, we’ll call her “Jane Doe,” was a resident of Gulf Shore Boulevard became part of my practice when I acquired it from Dr. James Lowdermilk in 2003.
Jane would continue to be my patient until her passing at age 101! Images of both sides of the card are posted here with this blog entry (with her name and address removed).
The first entry on Jan 31, 1969 – a year with Richard Nixon in the White House; Tommy James and the Shondells on the radio and the number one film would be “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” with Paul Newman and Robert Redford. The somber note of the year was that the conflict continued in Vietnam. A full-mouth x-ray that day was $14 and Jane’s next appointment was in April that year for a full upper denture!
Fast forward through the rest of Nixon’s days and the Ford and Carter terms and Jane’s record on this card winds up in the middle of the second term of the presidency of Ronald Reagan. Jane had a procedure on a lower left tooth on Aug. 5, 1986. After that, the practice’s record-keeping was maintained in a larger file packet for each patient.
It’s always interesting to look back over a patient’s history – especially one whose first appointment was 47 years ago.