Dental Dam

Updated: JULY 6, 2020

A dental dam is a small piece of latex used as a barrier during oral sex. Although oral sex does not present the risk of pregnancy, a dental dam works much like a condom to prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted infections like HPV.

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Dental dams got their name because they are modified versions of the ones used in dental procedures. They are easy to use for oral sex and come in a variety of sizes and flavors. Because they are made from latex like most condoms, water-based lube must be used and they should be discarded after each use.

Example of a dental dam. Pictured: Trust Latex Dental Dam in Vanilla.

Using a dental dam does not ruin oral sex. The feeling of latex with lube can be just as enjoyable as a tongue. If you need to help mask the taste of latex, flavored lube can be extremely helpful.

You can also make a dam out of a condom by cutting off the tip and cutting it down the side lengthwise.

Dental dams can also be used alongside sex toys if you wish to lick or suck a sex toy for any reason. For people who may want to practice cunnilingus on a penis stroker, this can help mask the taste of the material.

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