Since 1998, KIND has partnered with Denver area elementary schools to provide it’s Chopper Topper program for children with limited access to dental care.
This mobile dental sealant program travels to Denver area elementary schools with student populations of 50 percent or more qualifying for the free or reduced lunch program to provide dental screenings, preventive dental sealants, oral health education and referrals at no cost. Placing dental sealants on children’s teeth protects the tooth enamel from the acids that cause tooth decay. Research has shown that dental sealants, when retained intact, are nearly 100% effective in preventing dental caries in permanent molar teeth, especially when used in combination with other preventive measures such as fluoride, and regular brushing.
KIND’s Chopper Topper program is currently serving 10 school districts, and 5 parochial schools in the Denver area. In the 2013 – 2014 school year, Chopper Topper placed dental sealants on second grader’s first molars in 86 schools, totaling 5,552 sealants!