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Economy chips away at dental practices

from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via The Inquirer

They say that dental clinics and funeral homes are recession-proof — you can't put off a toothache or a funeral. But dentists are finding out that you indeed can put off a tooth-whitening or your regularly scheduled checkup. About half of Americans lack dental insurance and, according to a recent survey, dental care premiums increased at a faster rate in 2010 than traditional health insurance premiums. Lack of coverage, increasing costs, and the lingering effects of the recession mean many are putting off checkups and more urgent procedures. As for cosmetic work — whitening, veneers — that's being postponed indefinitely. more


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