25 things vanishing in America, part 2: Dental coverage


I did a little poll with my friends. Who among you has lost dental coverage? No hands went up. Then, finally, just when I began wondering if I should fish out a pack of breath mints for them, one person piped in. "I never had it," she offered.

If you're under 40, it's likely you're on your own when it comes to arranging your dental care. In your daddy's day, every self-respecting company included full benefits as part of its package. That cushy treatment is in the rear-view mirror. If you have a dental plan as part of your job, smile! You're one of the lucky ones.