“On a late-fall morning at Johnson Elementary School in southwest Denver, students practiced spelling and played games in the gym — common activities for school children. But tucked away in a nearby classroom used mostly for storage sat something a little out of the ordinary: a dental chair.
There, dental hygienist Lisa Valdez focused her light and peered into the less-than-threatening jaws of a second-grader. Another boy sat nearby, coloring and patiently waiting for his turn in the seat.
Chopper Topper, a free program established in 1998 by the charity Kids In Need of Dentistry, or KIND, provides checkups and dental work to thousands of Denver-area children each year. The program aims to prevent dental decay in young, disadvantaged children.”