Is dental dam usage common?
March 31, 2004 9:19 PM   Subscribe

Are dental dams commonly used in the dating scene?
posted by spork to Human Relations (8 answers total)
Not to my knowledge, no. The answer probably differs based on geography and sexual preference.
posted by dobbs at 9:53 PM on March 31, 2004

No. A lot of people have never even heard of such a thing, and I don't have any straight friends who use them.
I do know one lesbian who is a dam devotee, so perhaps they are somewhat more commonly used on the lesbian dating scene.
posted by bonheur at 10:24 PM on March 31, 2004

The only time ive heard of them was on Love Line (West radio show) but I have never seen one in person.
posted by Keyser Soze at 10:35 PM on March 31, 2004

To be fair, I don't know anyone who uses condoms during oral sex, either.
posted by bonheur at 11:10 PM on March 31, 2004

No. They're 'around' on the lesbian scene, but nobody really uses them. I tried one once and it sucked - sensitivity reduced to practically zero.
posted by widdershins at 9:31 AM on April 1, 2004

Tried one--my girlfriend is a fan of flavored condoms, so she thought I might enjoy a flavored dental dam. I didn't. If I weren't in a monogamous relationship and disease were a factor, I think I'd prefer waiting for the results of a blood test to using a dental dam.
posted by Acetylene at 10:54 AM on April 1, 2004

Saran Wrap may or may not be safe but it beats dental dams hands down. Plus it's got a lot of other fun uses. As for whether dental dams are common on the dating scene my experience from years ago is that most people don't have a great reaction to the idea of dental dams, the straighter and less sex-positive the woman the greater the negative reaction. Anyway, that's just my experience and not a recent one at that.
posted by rdr at 11:47 AM on April 1, 2004

I've only heard of one person using them, and she was a safe sex educator...

However, it does make for a terrible case of the giggles when the dentist uses them on you for their original purpose...
posted by Katemonkey at 1:28 PM on April 1, 2004

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