[How To] Use a Dental Dam Properly When Getting Down

Dental Dams are most commonly recognized for their use during cunnilingus and analingus to protect against the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases.

How to use a dental dam:

Use a New Dental Dam Every Time
– Use a new dental before each sex act. Be sure the dam is free of holes or breakage. You can check the dam before you use it by holding it up to light or seeing if water is able to pass through it. Avoid using oil-based lubricants, which can break down the latex and may cause leaks. Finally, ensure that only one side of the dam comes in contact with the genitals, and that the dam is used only once. Make sure you use a brand new dental dam each time you engage in intimate relations with your partner.

Do Not Share Dental Dams
– When you have finished using your dental dam, do not loan to a friend as this can pass STD’s such as the clap.

Using the Dental Dam
– Hold the latex dam over the vulva or anus during oral stimulation, making sure that the latex remains in place. Always keep the same side against the body. Do not share or reuse.

Lubricants
– Do not use oil-based lubricants such as Vaseline petroleum jelly, mineral oil, vegetable oil or cold cream as these can cause the breakdown of the latex in the dental dam. This may result in leakage. Undercover Condoms has a selection of dental dam-safe lubricants.

Dental Dam Storage
– Store at room temperature. Do not use if the dental dam appears brittle.

Dental Dam Effectiveness
– No prophylactic can guarantee 100% effectiveness, but if properly used dental dams will help reduce the risk of HIV infection and many other sexually transmitted diseases.

* Dental dams are hard to find. But there are still several places in most metropolitan areas you can either purchase or obtain free dental dams for safer oral sex with your partner(s) of any gender, even mixed gender.

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