McCreight Dentistry recognized for progressive approach to gum disease
November 19, 2017
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Nobody would blame the staff at McCreight Progressive Dentistry in Steamboat Springs if they are holding their heads a little higher this month.
Dr. Jim McCreight and hygienist Jessica Berthelson and Dr. Wendy McCreight and hygienist Jamie Rotunno were honored by Perio Protect, LLC with the Orkos Award, which recognizes the contributions of individual dental professionals in the fight against gum disease.
"So much of the success in this office is the team," Jim McCreight said. "What's really kind of cool is that in the last year, they (hygienists) have started to join me lecturing and that's kind of big deal because it's not so much winning awards, as much as taking what they do in this town — and most of the people we talk to do not even know where Steamboat is —and teaching others."
The award selection was based on case studies the office submitted to Perio Protect, an organization that provides people a gentle, effective alternative to surgery to fight the bacteria that causes gum disease. Perio Protect is a comprehensive approach to gum disease treatment. The approach combines dental cleanings with Perio Trays, which are used by patients at home to deliver medications below the gums that fight infections, which not only lead to dental problems but have also been tied to things like heart attacks, according to Jim McCreight.
To receive the award, doctors and hygienists submitted documentation demonstrating significantly improved clinical outcomes for a patient after treatment. Jim McCreight teamed up with Berthelson to win the September award, and Wendy McCreight and Rotunno worked together to earn the October award.
"At McCreight Progressive Dentistry, we take gum disease seriously," Rotunno said. "The bacteria causing infection can contribute to inflammation and compromise patient health. We take a lot of time to get the cleanings done well, and we focus on home care.”
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The McCreights said the award reflects a progressive approach taken by their office and shows their staff’s dedication to becoming leaders in the dental field.
"When we moved here 20 years ago," Jim McCreight said, "we didn't even have a full-time oral surgeon up here. Now, we have two. Back in the days when we first started off, we were called the cowboy dentist because you had your guns slinging — you did everything.
"I would like people in our community to know that they have another option besides surgery,” McCreight added. “There is another way to take care of their health and take care of their gums. I hope this gives us credibility in their eyes. It lets everyone know that we are not just sitting up here not learning, not doing new things. We are trying to learn these things from the best and from the people who are in the forefront of this movement."