Dental dams are latex or polyurethane sheets used between the mouth and vagina or anus during oral sex. Ready-to-use dental dams can be purchased online.
|DO use a new latex or polyurethane dental dam every time you have oral sex.
|DON’T reuse a dental dam.
|DO read the package and check the expiration date.
|DON’T stretch a dental dam, as this can cause it to tear.
|DO make sure there are no tears or defects.
|DON’T use nonoxynol-9 (a spermicide), which can cause irritation.
|DO put on before starting oral sex and keep it on until finished.
|DON’T use oil-based products like baby oil, lotion, petroleum jelly, or cooking oil because they will cause the dental dam to break.
|DO use water-based or silicone-based lubricant to prevent breakage.
|DON’T flush dental dams down the toilet as they may clog it.
|DO store dental dams in a cool, dry place.