NCOHF Oral Health Zone Program Summit Brings Together Leaders in Medicine and Dentistry

With generous support from the KaVo Kerr Group, 3M ESPE and Heraeus Kulzer, National Children’s Oral Health Foundation: America’s ToothFairy®/ Canada’s ToothFairy(NCOHF) brought together leaders in the fields of medicine and dentistry for the NCOHF Oral Health Zone Program® Summit.   Hosted by the KaVo Kerr Group at their Learning Center in Anaheim, California from June 13-14, 2013, the summit focused on increasing community engagement in oral health promotion and strategies for breaking the cycle of pediatric dental disease.  Attendees discovered how the implementation of NCOHF Signature Programs elevated the importance of oral health in their communities and encouraged the involvement of students, families, business leaders, educators, government officials, civic organizations as well as allied health professionals in children’s oral health promotion.  Support for participating members of the NCOHF Affiliate Network of non-profit children’s oral health programs was provided by 3M ESPE and Heraeus Kulzer.

“The KaVo Kerr Group takes great pride in supporting National Children’s Oral Health Foundation and hosting this important event uniting leaders for children’s oral health from throughout North America,” stated Todd Norbe, President, Kerr TotalCare, in his welcoming remarks.  “Our team is so impressed with the various NCOHF Signature Programs and the enormous impact this organization has had in addressing children’s oral health issues.”  

“We are very grateful to the KaVo Kerr Group for hosting the NCOHF Oral Health Zone Program Summit at their Learning Center in Anaheim.  The leadership provided by Danaher Sr. Vice President and NCOHF Board member, Henk van Duijnhoven, combined with their tremendous support has expanded our ability to meet the need for children’s oral health services through innovative outreach and community engagement programs,” said Fern Ingber, NCOHF President & CEO.  “Generous support from 3M ESPE and Heraeus Kulzer helped make it possible to bring together these champions for children’s oral health throughout the U.S. and Canada to identify ways to prevent the needless suffering caused by pediatric dental disease.”

“As a longtime supporter, 3M ESPE is proud to sponsor the NCOHF Oral Health Zone Program Summit fostering a collaborative approach toward the development of innovative solutions designed to expand oral health service delivery and education for at-risk children.” noted Andrew Pietrobono, Regional Sales Director, 3M ESPE, in his opening remarks at the welcome reception hosted by 3M ESPE. 

“Heraeus Kulzer was honored to partner with National Children’s Oral Health Foundation: America’s ToothFairy for this event,” said Nicole Turner, Director of Marketing, Heraeus Kulzer.   “The NCOHF Oral Health Zone Program Summit inspires cooperation among all community stakeholders in the fight to eliminate the oral health crisis plaguing North America’s children.”

Speakers included Sean Boynes, DMD, Director of Dental Medicine, CareSouth Carolina; Linda Davis-Alldritt, MA, BSN, RN, President, National Association of School Nurses; Maria Dolce, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, North Eastern University; Thomas Engels, retired 3M Executive and NCOHF Board Member; Andrea Forsht, EdM, Grants & Programs Associate, DentaQuest Foundation; Fern Ingber, NCOHF President & CEO; Cherilyn Sheets, DDS, Sheets & Paquette Dental Practice and NCOHF Founding Chairman of the Board; and Rebecca Slayton, DDS, PhD, Chair, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Washington and Chair, NCOHF Scientific Advisory Board and NCOHF Chief Dental Director.

Formed in the U.S. in 2006, as a collaborative effort of clinicians, academicians and corporate leaders, NCOHF is dedicated to eliminating children’s preventable suffering from pediatric dental disease by providing programs and comprehensive resources to deliver community-based critical preventive, educational and treatment services.  Recognizing the mouth is the gateway to the body, NCOHF, also known as America’s ToothFairy® in the U.S., supports the delivery of oral health education and care beginning at the prenatal level.  Now extending services in Canada as Canada’s ToothFairy, NCOHF is reaching children throughout North America. 

Through the generosity of dedicated supporters including the KaVo Kerr Group, 3M ESPE and Heraeus Kulzer, NCOHF has reached millions of children through its national non-profit clinical network and volunteer professional and student community service programs. 

About KaVo Kerr Group
KaVo Kerr Group is a world leader in smart products and processes that enable dental professionals to confidently optimize their work and lives.  With over 500 years of combined history, KaVo Kerr Group represents a broad portfolio of equipment and consumable brands that span multiple user groups and product segments.  As a global organization with strong local relationships, KaVo Kerr Group features industry leading brands such as KaVo, Kerr, Ormco, Kerr Total Care, Axis. Sybron Endo, Implant Direct, Pentron, Orascoptic, Pelton & Crane, Marus, Gendex, Instrumentarium, SOREDEX, DEXIS and  i-CAT.  For more information, visit

About 3M ESPE
3M ESPE is a dental product manufacturer that markets more than 2,000 dental products and services. 3M ESPE dental products are designed to help dental professionals improve their patients’ oral health care. The 3M Digital Oral Care Department, part of the 3M ESPE Division, aims to accelerate and strengthen 3M’s efforts to lead the digital transformation that is occurring in oral care. 3M Health Care, one of 3M’s five Business Groups, provides world-class innovative products and services to help health care professionals improve the practice and delivery of patient care in medical, oral care, drug delivery and health information markets. For more information on the complete 3M ESPE line of dental products, visit the 3M ESPE website at http://www.3MESPE.comor call the 3M ESPE Technical Hotline at 1-800-634-2249. Products are available for purchase through authorized 3M ESPE distributors.

About Heraeus Kulzer
Heraeus Kulzer GmbH is one of the world’s leading dental companies with its headquarters in Hanau, Germany.  Its Dental Materials and Digital Services divisions supply dentists and dental technicians with an extensive product range, covering cosmetic dentistry, tooth preservation, prosthetics, periodontology and digital dentistry.  Heraeus Kulzer’s product turnover in 2012 exceeded €350 million.  Heraeus Kulzer has been part of the Japanese Mitsui Chemicals Group since July 2013.  For more  information, visit

About National Children’s Oral Health Foundation: America’s ToothFairy® / National Children’s Oral Health Foundation of Canada: Canada’s ToothFairy
NCOHF: America’s ToothFairy / Canada’s ToothFairy is dedicated to raising awareness of the #1 chronic childhood illness: pediatric dental disease, facilitating the delivery of comprehensive oral health services and eliminating this preventable disease from future generations.  With a growing Affiliate network of exemplary non-profit c
ommunity programs, the Kids Club, professional and student service programs, America’s ToothFairy / Canada’s ToothFairy is building a powerful, united effort to eliminate tooth decay and protect the smiles of our most vulnerable children.  For more information, please visit