Nikki Weaver of Chopper Topper Dental ...
Nikki Weaver, Chopper Topper Dental Hygienist, right, cleans and checks the teeth of Jayleen Vargaz, 7, at Mission Viejo Elementary School in Aurora on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022. (Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post)

Kids in Need of Dentistry

Address: 7190 Colorado Blvd., Suite #300, Commerce City, Colo. 80022

In operation since: 1912

Number of employees: 15

Annual budget: About $1.5 million

Estimated number of clients served in 2022: More than 10,000

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A nonprofit first started to provide dental care to the families of railroad workers and coal miners is continuing its more-than-a-century-old legacy by serving the Denver area’s low-income children.

The Denver Post Season To Share is the annual holiday fundraising campaign for The Denver Post and The Denver Post Community Foundation, a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, tax identification #27-4328521. Grants are awarded to local nonprofit agencies that provide life-changing programs to help low-income children, families and individuals move out of poverty toward stabilization and self-sufficiency. Visit seasontoshare.com for more information.

Kids in Need of Dentistry tackles a preventable problem — oral pain and decay — by offering its dental services to adolescents in the Mile High City. Parents worried about choosing between rent and their child’s dental care can rest easy: KIND provides its services for free and reduced costs.

Ellie Burbee, executive director, pointed to oral health troubles as “the leading cause of missed school hours in the U.S.” Oral pain can cause headaches, and impact eating, sleeping and confidence.

Over 40% of children aged 2 to 11 have suffered tooth decay in their primary teeth, with Black, Hispanic and lower-income children dealing with it more often, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research reported.

“It’s instant impact when we’re able to get a child out of pain,” Burbee said. “You see kids just completely change after an interaction with KIND.”

Ian Martinez — a first-grade student in 2020 — suffered from cavities after sneaking candy, his mother Marisol said. But, at the time, her insurance didn’t cover dental care, so the family turned to KIND.

“How can I be more grateful with KIND if they’re helping me with their health — the health of my loved ones?” she added.

A group of dentists — now known as the Metro Denver Dental Society — first started the nonprofit to care for the families of railroad workers and coal miners. Today, its focus has shifted predominantly to students, with the Chopper Topper program’s dental hygiene team visiting more than 100 Denver-area schools.

The mobile dental program established in 1998 provides onsite screening, preventative care and more. Schools qualify if 50% or more of their students participate in the free or reduced lunch program. That includes early childhood centers, elementary schools and some secondary or high schools.

Its oral health care centers also offer dental and orthodontic care, …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – News

      

Colorado nonprofit provides free dental care for “instant impact” in lives of low-income students

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