How to Make Your Own Dental Dam From a Condom

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Oral sex may be fun but, like any sexual activity, it carries the risk of spreading various sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). To make oral-vaginal sex (cunnilingus) and oral-anal sex (rimming) safer, you can use a barrier such as a dental dam. Unfortunately, dental dams can be hard to find. They can also be expensive. There is, however, a way around this problem. Using a condom and scissors, you can make a dental dam yourself!

How Can I Make My Own Dental Dam?

Don't be discouraged if you're not the DIY type. This particular craft project is easy. Assuming you can find your scissors, it should only take you a whopping 3 minutes to complete.

  1. Start with an unlubricated or flavored condom. Check the expiration date on the package to make certain that the condom is still good. Then feel for the air bubble to make certain that the condom hasn't been damaged.
  2. Carefully remove the condom from the package and unroll it all the way.
  3. Cut off the tip of the condom using a pair of sharp scissors. Throw the tip away. You may also want to cut off and discard the bottom band of the condo. Sometimes that band is awkward or difficult to unroll.
  4. Cut down one side of the cylindrical latex tube that remains.
  5. You now have a latex rectangle perfect for use during oral sex.

If you don't have any condoms or want to try something new, you can also make a dental dam out of a latex or nitrile glove. The easiest way to make a glove into a dental dam is to cut the four fingers off the top of the glove. Then cut a slit down the side of the glove, leaving the thumb intact. If you do this, you can use the thumb to insert your tongue or finger into your partner while still practicing safe oral sex.

Another way to make a dental dam using a glove is to cut off the three middle fingers. Then slit the glove along the palm side from the wrist to where the middle finger used to be. This gives you a square with two handles. Putting your thumbs in those handles can make the dental dam easier to manipulate.

Where Can I Find Dental Dams for Sale?

Don't want to make your own dental dams? You can purchase them online or at retail stores that sell safe sex supplies. You may also be able to find them at medical supply stores. Unfortunately, dental dams are not generally available at major chain drug stores. That's true even for those stores that carry a good selection of condoms and lubricants.

Finally, if you enjoy performing oral sex on your partner, there is no reason not to prepare a number of dental dams in advance. Just make sure to store them someplace where they won't become dirty or damaged by sharp objects.

Final Tips for DIY Dental Dams

Avoid condoms that have been lubricated with spermicide when you're making a dental dam for oral sex. Nonoxynol-9, the most common spermicide, can make your tongue go numb. Other lubricants often simply taste bad. You may just want to avoid lubricated condoms altogether. You can also rinse the lubricant off of the dental dam before using it, but you should not reuse dental dams.

Some condom companies make flavored condoms and lubricants specifically for use during oral sex. If you hate the taste of latex, you may want to try some of these different brands. Alternatively, experiment with making dental dams from polyurethane or polyisoprene condoms.

Saran wrap and other plastic wraps can also be used as barriers for oral sex. That said, there is little to no research about their effectiveness. The main advantages of these materials are cost and the ability to tear off a piece that is as large as you need. Condoms and gloves can feel a bit small when you want to enthusiastically go down on your partner. Commercial dental dams are available in larger sizes.

To make safe oral sex more exciting, try putting a little lubricant on the side of the dental dam that is touching your partner's skin. It keeps the latex from sticking. It also makes the sensations more enjoyable and more like having unprotected oral sex.

Several sex toy companies make dental dam belts that can be used to hold a dental dam against your partner for oral sex. These can be used for either cunnilingus or rimming. Even better, they make safe oral sex hands free. That means you can use your fingers for something else.

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