109-Year-Old Nonprofit Helps Kids Smile, Regain Confidence
Kids in Need of Dentistry (KIND) has worked since 1912 to increase the oral health & happiness of Colorado children in need. KIND typically serves 12,000 kids through three clinics and reaches students in over 100 schools with our Chopper Topper program. Not only are smiles restored; confidence and academic performance boosted.
KIND’S Chopper Topper program has come roaring back to life after being sidelined due to the pandemic. KIND partners with Denver area elementary schools to provide this invaluable service for children with limited access to dental care.
The mobile dental sealant program travels to elementary schools along the front range with student populations of 50 percent or more qualifying for the free or reduced lunch program. Dental screenings, preventive dental sealants, oral health education and referrals are provided at no cost.
Why are dental sealants important? Research shows dental sealants, when retained intact, are nearly 100% effective in preventing dental decay in permanent teeth, especially when used in combination with other preventive measures such as fluoride, and regular brushing. Placing dental sealants on children’s teeth protects the tooth enamel from the acids that cause decay.
KIND Executive Director Ellie Burbee said, “We’re driven by the fact that this care offers a definitive turning point in the lives of patients and their families, representing a shift from despair and pain, to living a life happier and more confidently. We’ve always believed in the power of young people to unite us all. Their authentic energy, paired with the reality of economic and health disparities beyond their control, pushes us to ensure the progress they deserve.”
Help KIND today! Our need for support in the wake of COVID has only increased and your gifts mean more than ever. It takes over a million dollars for KIND to continue to serve thousands of children each year, and we critically need your support. Please visit: www.coloradogives.org/KidsInNeedofDentistry