All About Dental Dams

All About Dental Dams

What is it?

A dental dam is a thin, flexible piece of latex that protects against direct mouth-to-genital or mouth-to-anus contact during oral sex. This reduces your risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) while still allowing for clitoral or anal stimulation.

They’re an effective form of protection, but odds are you’ve never even heard of them. Read on to find out what you’ve been missing.

What do they protect against?

Safe-sex measures typically focus on penetrative sex, which is why condoms are so readily available. But that’s not the only type of intercourse that spreads bacteria and infections.

It’s possible to get or transmit STIs through oral sex as well.

Barrier methods of protection, like a dental dam, can greatly reduce your risk of sharing the fluids that carry these infections during oral sex.

If you’re curious about oral anal play but a bit squeamish, consider using a dental dam. This can help you avoid coming into contact with fecal matter

Where do you even get these?

Start at an adult store (online). They come in a variety of sizes and colors. Some are even flavored. If you or a partner have a latex allergy, you can look for dental dams made from other materials, such as polyurethane.

One of the reasons dental dams may not be as well-known as condoms is because they’re not available in every pharmacy — or gas station, grocery store, doctors’ office, or even club bathroom.


How to use a store-bought dental dam

Dental dams are easy to use. Still, it’s important to go slow and apply the dam carefully to prevent any tears or holes.

Gently tear open the package. Pull the piece out of the protective envelope. Unfold it and place it over your or your partner’s vagina or anus. The rectangular or square piece of material should be big enough to cover the entire vaginal or anal area.

Don’t stretch the dam or press it tightly against the skin. Instead, let it naturally stick to the body via moisture or static.

Leave the dam in place until you’re finished, and then toss it in the garbage can. If it gets jumbled up during the act, toss it and get a new one.

Dont' have a store bought one, but have a spare condom?

DIY it!


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