What is “Whitehead Gag”?
A whitehead gag is a medical device used to keep the mouth and jaw open during procedures. It has been adapted for BDSM use due to its similarity to other types of gags.
The whitehead gag was invented by Walter Whitehead, a British surgeon. It is usually made of stainless steel, also called a dental retractor. In the medical setting, the whitehead gag is used by the dentist to keep their patient’s mouth open as they perform dental work on their teeth and gums. Dentists place the whitehead gag behind the teeth of their patients to prevent them from closing their mouths.
Whitehead gags are comprised of two hinged metal bars that hook beneath and behind the teeth. A cog in the hinges determines the wideness of the opening and can be adjusted. Some whitehead gags also include a metal tongue depressor.
Much like ring gags, whitehead gags give the Dom full access to the mouth. Unlike ring gags, whitehead gags allow for much more room to play and for insertion of things into the submissive’s mouth. They can be used for forced oral sex, pouring in liquids, or simply to humiliate the sub by causing discomfort.
Dos, Don’ts & Tips
- If worn for an extended amount of time, the whitehead gag can lead to the dislocation of the wearer’s jaw.
- It can keep a mouth locked and open for a long period.
- It’s locked position provides a strong and firm.
- The most common application of a whitehead gag is when performing medical fetish play.
- Whitehead gags should be sanitized between uses.
- If any extended pain or discomfort occurs, the sub should alert the dom and the gag removed immediately.
Related Practices & Fetishes
The Jennings Gag is a medical gagging device also adapted into BDSM play. Similar to the whitehead gag, the Jennings gag holds the wearer’s mouth open.