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dam

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1. a barrier to obstruct the flow of water or other fluid.
dental dam rubber dam.
rubber dam a sheet of thin latex rubber used by dentists to isolate a tooth or teeth from the fluids of the mouth during dental treatment, held in place by a clamp and frame. Occasionally these are used in surgical procedures to isolate tissues or structures. Called also dam.
A well-sealed properly inverted rubber dam. From Darby and Walsh, 1994.
Dentistry A sheet of latex rubber punctuated with holes that is stretched around the teeth during dental procedures to isolate the operative field from the oropharynx, and respiratory tract, and prevent pulmonary aspiration of fragments of teeth and amalgam
Sexology Dental dams may be used for safe sexual practices, placed over the vulva or anus during cunnilingus and analingus to protect against the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases

dental dam

Rubber dam Dentistry A thin sheet of rubber latex punctuated with small holes stretched around the crown of the teeth Uses Isolate teeth from mucosal secretions during dental procedures; prevent aspiration during oral surgery; protect mucosa during oral sex

dam

1. A thin sheet of latex used in dentistry and oral surgery to isolate a part from the surrounding tissues and fluids. Synonym: dental dam; rubber dam
2. A barrier made of flexible material, such as latex, that prevents body fluids from entering the mouth during oral sex (cunnilingus or fellatio). It is used as a shield against sexually transmitted infections.

dental dam

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Trustee Kevin Carney said he questioned the motives of the Catalyst group, which stopped making presentations in January, and said recommending the use of a dental dam is an ``immoral thing'' that should not be pushed on children.
In addition to other forms of contraception, samples of barrier protection (male condoms, female condoms, dental dams, latex gloves) should be given to clients.
Literature on the use of condoms and dental dams during fellatio and cunnilingus remains limited.
Those engaging in sexual contact should wash their hands and anal-genital region thoroughly before and after sexual activity, and condoms, dental dams, and gloves should be utilized for protection.
Latex abounds in dental offices where it can be found in items such as dental dams, suction lines, chair coverings and gaskets.
One plans to launch a line of dental dams for the ladies in 2009.
Using barrier methods, like condoms and dental dams, is the best way to make oral sex safer.
In my experience talking to our female clients, they are less likely to use barriers like dental dams," she says.