What Are Dental Dams And How To Use Them During Sex


By Karen Espig

Why is it called a “dental dam” if it’s used for sex, you ask? Well, because originally, it was used by dentists and still is! It’s called a dam because it acts as a barrier while the dentist works, keeping saliva and bacteria away from the tooth and preventing dental compounds (such as mercury) from being swallowed.

What Is It, And Why Use It?

Dental dams are pieces of thin, flexible latex or polyurethane cut into a square shape, usually 15 x 25 cm in size (6 x 10 inches). Those marketed for use in sexual activity come in a variety of colours and flavours, such as vanilla, wildberry and cola.

They act as a barrier during cunnilingus (oral-vaginal), fellatio (oral-penile), or analingus (oral-anal) sex. While research is scant, they are thought to reduce the risk of STIs, including HPV, genital herpes, gonorrhoea, chlamydia and…

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