Family members say David Morris Kern, the creator of Orajel, a medicine aimed at fighting toothaches and later mouth sores, has died. He was 103. Kern died peacefully Friday at a group home in Paradise Valley.
Born in 1909 in Manhattan and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Kern worked as a pharmacist before becoming a salesman for Norwich and Warner Pharmaceuticals.
He created Orajel with the help of a chemistry professor after buying a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility with his brother and two partners. Kern developed Orajel because he sought to find relief for teething babies.