Oral Dental Dams

A Dam that Makes Oral and Dental Dams Exciting Again

Is there anybody out there who doesn’t enjoy good oral sex? Well, we don’t want to exclude anyone, but we’re sure that the vast majority of folks reading this appreciate a good lick now and then. Whether you’re into giving or receiving, though, and no matter what orifice you prefer to romance, it’s crucial that you do so responsibly.

That’s why the right forms of protection are a vital step towards the total enjoyment of any sexual act. Some people only think of protection when they think of genital-to-genital intercourse, but remember, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can spread in many ways. Protecting yourself during oral sex is just as important as protecting yourself during any other kind of action, and there are specific tools you should use for the job.

Take the dental dam, for instance. Also called oral dams, these nifty little things let you pretty much lick anything!

The dental dam is a thin rectangular piece of material, normally latex, that is held in place over the vagina or the anus to create a protective barrier against STIs, when used correctly, and let you satisfying your partner by dining on their private parts.

Remember no product will eliminate all risk, but with a quality dam and the knowledge on how to use it, the less likely issues will occur.

The oral dam has been around for a while, but if you’re looking for the best possible protection during oral sex, you need to buy a quality dental dam and know how to use it correctly.

But how do you use an oral dam?

Well, we’re glad you asked. Here are six steps to have you licking just about anything.

#1 Know what it’s used for – Anilingus & Cunnilingus

Oral dams are NOT a replacement for what is commonly termed ‘the male condom’, we call it an ‘external condom’. Nor is the oral dam a contraceptive.

Dams are a barrier protection method to be used during two forms of oral sex – cunnilingus and anilingus.

Cunnilingus is using your mouth and tongue to stimulate your partner’s vulva / vagina.

And anilingus is using your mouth and tongue to stimulate your partner’s anus, this one is also called rimming.

Dams are NOT for engaging in the third type of oral pleasure, where one uses their mouth and tongue to stimulate a penis. Grab an external or male condoms for that, they also come in some very tasty flavours.

#2 Check your gear before you dive in

Firstly, make sure you store your dental dams in a cool dry place. Try the bedside table or the sock drawer.

Check the dam for tears or defects. Holding the dam up to the light, or checking that no water passed through while rinsing can assist with checking.

Read and follow the instructions on the packaging.

Tip: Wash off any of the powder from the dam, as it can cause yeast infections. And for the love of god, check the used by date. No-one likes a crusty dam.

#3 Master the technicalities

Make sure the dam is big enough to cover the intended area.

While you’re munching away, don’t stretch the dam, as this can cause it to tear. Simply lay and hold the dam in place over the vagina or anus to avoid direct mouth-to-vagina, mouth-to-anus, or vagina-to-vagina (tribadism / scissoring) contact.

The dam needs to be in place before any of this business begins and be sure that it is held in place for full the duration. Otherwise, you won’t be letting it do its job.

#4 Keep it smooth

Add a couple of drops of water based lubricant to the vagina or the anus or directly to the dam. This will increase the sensation as it allows the dam to glide across the orifice in question smoothly.

Don’t use oil based lubricants as it will degrade the material.

#5 No flippin’

Don’t flip your dam and use the other side. Dams are one side use only as this will transfer the body fluid and potentially STI’s.

#6 Keep it fresh

Dams are single use items only. Never reuse, no one likes a crusty dam. And be sure to dispose in the waste, NOT the toilet.

How to buy a quality dam?

Shopping for the right dental dam isn’t like shopping for a pair of shoes though. Contemporary attitudes about sex and sexuality have a long way to go, which means that it isn’t always easy to find frank and honest information about the products you need to protect yourself.

You need to look for a product with a reputable medical approval to ensure it has been tested to prevent STI’s passing through the material

Fortunately, as time goes on, more and more people realise the importance of speaking openly about sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

Take Vavven™, for instance. A social enterprise that sells body safe adult toys to help promote SRHR in local communities and around the world, Vavven™ carries a broad spectrum of ethically produced products including oral dams from some of the best manufacturers in the industry.

Their Sheer Glyde Dams not only come in a range of fun and fruity flavours, they are the only products approved by both Europe and the FDA for barrier protection against STIs during oral sex (anilingus & cunnilingus), which means that using these dams is one of the most reliable methods of protection you can find anywhere.

Shop for Your Next Dental Dam with Vavven™

So you’re ready to start licking but unsure about which flavour would be best, we do a tasting pack containing each flavour. A great reason to lick a little more.

TIP: If you have a Latex Allergy try cutting a Non Latex condom (internal or external) in half (down the full length of the condom) and lay it flat – this will work, but ensure you have adequate coverage of the area you plan to dine on! The internal condom will give you the greatest coverage.

Want more info? Check out this great vid

Note the warning notes about some of the video content under the clip.

Stuff Mom Never Told You – HowStuffWorks

PLEASE NOTE: this video shows home made dams

  • Cutting condom – this will work, but ensure you have adequate coverage of the area.
  • Cling wrap – do NOT do this, while wrap is great for wrapping your burger, it’s not so good for eating them. Wrap can be porous and allow the transfer of STI’s.

Exciting Tastes for Sensible Folks

STIs can affect anybody at any age, so no matter who you are and how long you’ve been around, an oral dam is a prudent (and tasty) investment. Everybody enjoys a little flavour too, so why not give yourself a bit of fun with our flavoured dental dams? Our Glyde Dams come in flavours like wildberry, strawberry, vanilla and cola. They’ve also been made using a unique process that prevents them from smelling or tasting like latex. When you’re ready to order, contact Vavven™ at your earliest convenience. We’ll be more than happy to help you start dinning.

Vavven™ is a social enterprise selling sex toys and raising funds for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. Change a world with your purchase.

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About Jacqueline Haines

Social entrepreneur who champions sexual and reproductive health and rights. Founder of Vävven.
2017-06-19T13:37:29+00:00 By |Anus, Safety, SexHealth, Vulva|

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