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Sterilization Monitoring Service

The Oral Microbiology Laboratory (OML) of the UNC School of Dentistry provides diagnostic clinical microbiology, microbiological research, microbiology training and sterilization monitoring services to both the School of Dentistry and the community of dental practitioners in the state of North Carolina and surrounding geographic area. These services are specifically related to oral microbiology and its application to the following: identification and assessment of oral bacterial populations in oral flora studies, post treatment of oral infection, bacterial test for caries risk, and the monitoring of sterilization equipment unique to the dental practice. Sterilization monitoring services are also provided for a number of non-dental clients. In addition to these services this unit has been responsible for monitoring the water quality in the School of Dentistry's dental unit water lines for bacterial contamination. OML is presently in the process of developing protocols to extend this service to the dental community. For more information on microbiology see Oral Microbiology Service.

The OML at the UNC-CH School of Dentistry provides:



Shipping Number
of Weeks
Cost of Packet Autoclaves
Quarterly 13 $75.00
Bi-Annually 26 $150.00
***You will be signed up for Quarterly shipments unless otherwise instructed.***


Oral Microbiology Laboratory Staff
Phone: 919-537-3341
Fax: 919-966-5789
UNC-CH, School of Dentistry
3030 Old Dental Building, CB #7457
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7457

Last Modified: 07/10/2012