11 dos and don’ts to follow while using dental dams for oral sex

Dental dams are like a thin sheet of rubber films uses as a barrier protection for women during oral sex. Unlike condoms, using dental dams don’t require any correct technique to follow. One needs to just pull out the dam and spread it over the vagina or the anus before giving oral sex. This helps to reduce the risk of an STD transmission through an open sore, bleeding gums or cuts in the oral cavity. So, if you are using a dental dam here are some dos and don’ts to follow to ensure safety and minimal risk of STD transmission through oral sex:

Dos of dental dams

  • Always use a new latex or polyurethane dental dam every time you have oral sex. In case you are allergic to latex, symptoms of which can range from rashes, blisters, itching then switch to a silicone based one. However, get your allergy checked or treated as it could turn to be a serious one. Here are some questions on HIV and oral sex answered.
  • Always read the package and check the expiration date. If the package you have has way passed its expiry date discard it at once.
  • Check before using if there are any tears or defects. If you find any, then use a new one and discard the defective piece.
  • Always put on the dental dam before starting oral sex and keep it on until finished.
  • To make the dental dam stay, it is necessary to lubricate the vaginal area. If there is vaginal dryness use a water-based or silicone-based lubricant. Water or silicone based lubricants also prevent breakages.
  • Store your stack of dental dams in cool or dry place.

Don’ts of dental dams

  • Never reuse a dental dam.
  • Don’t try to stretch a dental dam to spread it all over the vaginal area. Spreading it beyond its limits can cause it to tear.
  • Don’t use any kind of spermicides on the vaginal area before putting the dental dam it can cause irritation.
  • Avoid using oil-based products like baby oil, lotion, petroleum jelly, or cooking oil to lubricate the vaginal area because they will cause the dental dam to break.
  • Never flush dental dams down the toilet as they may clog it.

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