Is dental insurance going the way of the company pension plan?

dentist lady looking down into your mouth....
dentist lady looking down into your mouth....

Are we about to become a toothless nation?

Once upon a pre-recessionary time, dental insurance -- along with matching 401k's and other now long-forgotten benefits -- was a pot-sweetener among American corporations trying to lure the best and the brightest to come work for them. Now, it seems that dental insurance may fall the way of the company pension -- just one more thing employers used to provide but are increasingly sacrificing because of cost-cutting and bottom-line greed.

The pity is that history shows that dental insurance is the only thing standing between healthy teeth and a nation of folks dining through a straw.