Dr. Melissa Jaeger attended the University of Virginia and earned a bachelors of arts degree in Environmental Science. She then pursued her dental education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery after acceptance into a selective accelerated doctor of dentistry program. After achieving her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, she completed a General Dental Practice Residency at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY. Pursuing her interest in periodontics, Dr. Jaeger then returned to the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery to earn her Certificate in Periodontology. Dr. Jaeger continues to advance her clinical knowledge to provide new technologies with better clinical outcomes and patient comfort, including the PerioLase MVP-7 laser and the LANAP protocol to treat gum disease.
Dr. Jaeger is married to Dr. Tom Jaeger, orthodontist. They have four children and enjoy an active family life, including time together on sports fields and exploring our beautiful national parks. She is a 14-year Girl Scout volunteer and leader. Dr. Jaeger is a life-long runner, most recently running in the Flemington Turkey Trot and looking forward to the Washington, D.C. Army Ten Miler.
EARLY DIAGNOSIS: “Unfortunately, the majority of patients who present to my office for the first time are advanced periodontal cases or cases treated unsuccessfully previously. I can’t count the number of times my patients ask “Why was I not referred to a periodontist earlier?” Since periodontal disease progresses differently in each individual, often based on individual immune response, it is important to seek professional care with a periodontist to ensure best control of this unpredictable disease.”
STAY MOTIVATED FOR SUCCESS: “As with my own family, I encourage my “family” of patients with positive motivation and enthusiasm: motivation to comprehensively treat their periodontal disease, keep to a regular professional cleaning schedule, and maintain an excellent plaque control program at home. Of course, individual motivation varies, and I accept that aspect of periodontal treatment and human nature, but I will continue playing the role of cheerleader to encourage long-term success of my patient’s periodontal therapy. This positive treatment philosophy has contributed to the continued growth of my practice over the years. Even patients who have “fallen off the wagon” are not intimidated to return, knowing our professional mission is to encourage all patients to be the “best you can be” periodontally!