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You’ve heard of condoms. But what about dental dams? These thin, flexible sheets of latex can protect you from sexually transmitted infections (STIs). They’re also a dam good time. Here’s how to have the best oral sex ever with dental dams.

A dental dam is a type of barrier method protection. It can protect you from STIs during mouth-to-genital and mouth-to-anus oral sex. They come in tons of tasty flavors and cool colors.

Penetrative sex gets all the credit. But fluids are fluids. That means you can also contract an STI from oral sex.

Let’s talk heinie smoocheroos

Rimming is the unsung hero of oral sex. A lot of folks love rimjobs, but it doesn’t get the same attention as “having a box lunch” or blow jobs. Even though it can be super fun, butthole licking comes with a unique risk 💩.

Your partner could have the cleanest butthole on the planet. But you still might come in contact with fecal matter. Poop can carry bacteria like Shigella and E. coli. It may even contain intestinal parasites. Yikes.

Dental dams can help protect you from a bacterial or parasitic infection.

A dental dam might not protect you from the STIs you can get from skin-to-skin contact. This includes:

  • Human papillomavirus (HPV): This can be transmitted through intimate skin contact even if no warts are present. That could be a reason why it’s the most common STI.
  • Herpes: A dental dam can only protect you against herpes if a lesion is totally covered.
  • Pubic lice: These little buggers 🦀 can jump from your partner into your body hair.

Dental dams aren’t always available in pharmacies. That could be why they don’t get a lot of credit. Thankfully, they’re easy to find online. If you or your partner has a latex allergy you’re still in luck! Some brands offer polyurethane dental dams.

Dental dams are usually more expensive than condoms. A single dental dam can be $1 to $2. They might be cheaper if you buy them in bulk. You can also ask your doctor or local clinic if the’ll give you some freebies.

Using dental dams is a breeze. But it’s still important to go over some basics before hitting the sheets.

How to use a dental dam:

  1. Gently open the package.
  2. Pull out the latex sheet.
  3. Unfold it.
  4. Place the rectangle over your partner’s anus or vagina.
  5. Leave that baby on till you’re finished.
  6. Toss it out

Generally, DIY STI protection is not a great idea. But that’s not the case with dental dams. In a pinch you can make your own. All you need is a condom and some scissors.

No condom? No problem. You can use plastic wrap if you’re in a bind. Keep in mind, plastic wrap is usually used for sandwiches, not genitalia. There are no studies to prove plastic wrap is an effective barrier method to prevent STIs. Also, the thicker material might minimize pleasure.

The good news with plastic wrap? You can use a wider sheet to lick and play with larger areas of the bod.

Heck no. That would be like reusing a condom. Once its used the dental dam could expose you or your partner to STIs or other types of infections.

You can catch STIs from oral sex. So protect yourself with a dental dam. You can order them online or DIY with a condom or plastic wrap. You’ll have a ton of fun in the process. Now, it’s time to go to tongue town! 👅