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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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Using dental dam and Saran wrap is appropriate information.
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This explains why dental dams are less popular among them as these essentially protect against STDs during oral sex, rather than against pregnancy.
Specific medical applications that benefit from the superior performance of Kraton poly-isoprene rubber include catheters, surgical gloves, medical stoppers, medical tube connectors, dental dams, physiotherapy bands and personal care products.
We need to stress precautionary measures including abstinence, monogamy, use of condoms and dental dams and the HPV vaccine (for women under the age of 26).
In addition to other forms of contraception, samples of barrier protection (male condoms, female condoms, dental dams, latex gloves) should be given to clients.
However, natural rubber latex sheets, dental dams, condoms that have been cut and spread open, or plastic wrap may offer some protection from contact with body fluids during oral sex and thus may reduce the possibility of HIV transmission.
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.
TM9720 is found in medical devices where skin contact is possible, such as surgical drapes, various diagnostic sensors, and dental dams.
Latex abounds in dental offices where it can be found in items such as dental dams, suction lines, chair coverings and gaskets.
For example, safer sex programs for women should address the issue of male resistance to condom use and include demonstrations and instructions on the use of dental dams, where to obtain them, and how to make other latex barriers when dental dams are not readily available.