Interim Stabilization Therapy (IST) is a temporary restorative procedure introduced by the Ontario Region First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Children’s Oral Health Initiative (COHI). In August 2010, the region’s COHI team identified the need
to provide a caries control procedure similar to that of Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (ART), which is provided by COHI Health Canada dental therapists in all regions other than Ontario and Quebec.
IST is an evidence-based therapeutic intervention which preserves the tooth structure and prevents pain and premature loss of teeth due to decay. The IST technique requires no anaesthetic and uses a fluoride-releasing material known as glass ionomer
cement (GIC), which prevents further damage to the tooth from decay, until such time as the client can be seen by a dentist. IST can be performed easily at the time of assessment on individuals of all ages with minimal supplies. IST is a critical,
timely intervention to prevent pain and infection.
Caries control procedures such as IST are important for those who do not have regular access to oral health services as they provide immediate care, reducing further damage and preventing additional health problems.
Penny White is a registered dental hygienist who has worked in population health for 23 years at both provincial and federal levels of government. Penny currently manages the Ontario Region First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Children’s Oral
Health Initiative, or COHI. Penny’s team recently received the Assistant Deputy Minister’s Award of Excellence for Innovation and Creativity for the development of interim stabilization therapy
Penny is also a part-time instructor at Algonquin College in Ottawa, teaching the Advocacy and Policy Development course to third-year dental hygiene students.
In addition, Penny has volunteered with the Ontario Dental Hygienists Association and was involved with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care in Ontario to change legislation (Bill 171) that allows dental hygienists to practise dental hygiene
more independently in Ontario.
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