What's a dental dam?
    – Maria*

    A dental dam is a square piece of stretchy latex or a similar material. It is placed over a woman's genitals when she receives oral sex. Oral sex is a sexual act where someone's mouth touches the other person's genitals. Genitals are the sexual or reproductive organs that are on the outside of the body (the testicles and penis of a guy, or the labia, clitoris, and vagina of a girl.) A dental dam helps prevent the spread of STDs (sexually transmitted diseases).

    If a guy is receiving oral sex, he should wear a condom to prevent the spread of STDs.

    You can buy dental dams online and at some drugstores. Some sexual health clinics have them available for free.

    *Names are changed to protect user privacy.

Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
© 1995-2021 KidsHealth® All rights reserved. Images provided by iStock, Getty Images, Corbis, Veer, Science Photo Library, Science Source Images, Shutterstock, and Clipart.com