Dental dams are a simple and affordable way to make oral sex safe for both partners, but do you know how to use them? Even though the use of male condoms is relatively common, dental dams are comparatively unknown to many people. Read this article to discover everything you need to know about dental dams.
Dental dams are very simple devices that create a barrier between a woman’s genital area and her partner’s mouth during oral sex. Basically, they act as a “tongue condom” that protects both partners from STIs.
Dental dams are very thin sheets usually made of latex or polyurethane, and most of them have a square shape. They come individually packaged, just like male condoms. Dental dams are available in a wide array of colors; they can also come with or without lubricant. You can even find flavored dental dams.
Unlike male condoms, dental dams can be hard to find in stores. If you’re ever in a pinch and don’t have a commercial dental dam on hand, you can make one at home.
First, find a non-lubricated condom. If you’re going to use a lubricated condom, try to find one that uses flavored lubricant, since the taste of non-flavored lubricant can be quite unpleasant. Unroll the condom and, using a pair of scissors, cut off the rim and tip of the condom.
Once you’ve done this, cut down the length of the condom. This will create a thin square of material that’s practically identical to commercial dental dams. If you don’t have a male condom available, you can use a sheet of plastic wrap. Plastic wrap isn’t designed to be used as a dental dam and it won’t offer the same degree of protection, but it’s better than performing unprotected oral sex. Bear in mind that plastic wrap is delicate and can rip easily.