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Fun Facts About Dental Dams

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Here’s some of what we learned about dental dams from The Verge’s very informative “Oral History: The Sexual Misadventures of the Dental Dam“:

Clive Woodworth of Glyde Health decided to develop a thinner, better dental dam for sexual use after three women approached him at a sexual health conference in 1993, complaining that there weren’t safer sex options for them to use with their female partners.

The resulting Sheer Glyde Dental Dams became available for purchase the next year, and are still sold today.

According to a 2010 study, only 9.7% of queer women use dental dams, and only 2.1% use them regularly.

Dentists use dental dams to cover the rest of the mouth while working on a specific tooth.

The FDA has never done anything like a comprehensive study of dental dams.

This isn’t a fact, but a couple of people interviewed speculated that, for many, dental dams are important symbolically, even if they’re not using them. Their existence shows that safer sex suppliers take queer women’s health seriously.

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