Death to Dry Mouth

by | Dec 12, 2012 | Techniques | 9 comments


Tonite, I’ll climb into my studio, and once again face the spectre of dry mouth.  Dry mouth equals mouth clicks, and mouth clicks equals a noisy recording.

Long-format narrating can really do it to ya.

Yes, I drink gallons of distilled water every day (I get kidneystones if I don’t).  I’ve also heard about the green apple remedy…the pectin in the fruit helps…but how many apples can I eat during a long narration?  Amy Snively, at FaffCon4 introduced the medically-related glycerin swabs.  They work too, but don’t taste great.

Now, I’m going to try Biotène.  This product has a whole line of solutions for dry mouth…gum, mouthwash, toothpaste, and mouthspray.  I’ve already purchased the mouthwash, and tasted it.  Not great, but if it does the trick in the studio, who cares?

(I just wish I had one of those little porcelain sinks your dentist used to have you spit into…in my studio…heh)

Let me know if you have a better solution that works for you.




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  1. Lisa Rice

    Hi, Dave. I’ll add this to my voice over arsenal.
    My go-to for this problem is Lipton’s Diet Green Tea.
    I keep it at room temperature and sip on it as needed.
    A little seems to go a long way.

    • CourVO

      Hey Lisa!

      Whatever works on a case-by-case basis! I like to consider all the options, and this is a new one for me.

      I hope all is well with you…and I wish you and yours a blessed Christmas!

      Dave Courvoisier

  2. Mike Walton

    Hi Dave.

    I agree the Biotene mouthwash taste bad, but it works. I’ve used it for the past year or so. They also have mouth spray that comes in a 1.5 ounce bottle. I keep one of those in my studio to use as needed. No spitting required.

    • CourVO


      Hahaha…I was wondering if anyone would notice my parenthetical smart-ass mention about the spitting. Thanks for reminding us about the spray…I’ve been using Thayers dry mouth spray, but I’m gonna move up to the full arsenal with the biotene spray too.

      Thanks for commenting!

      Dave C

  3. Pamela Tansey

    Dave, I keep a spray bottle with Biotene by my script stand………..(^;

    • CourVO


      That’s good to know…I’ll have to get some. I’ve only used the mouthwash so far.


      Dave Courvoisier

  4. Jeff O'Neil


    I’ve been a successful voice actor/talent for more than 30 years.

    Occasionally I run into the “click problem”.

    I simply brush my teeth. After a while your saliva can become sticky as you take more air through your mouth than normal. Cleaning it off is all it takes. No sprays or special applications needed.

    The humidity in your booth can make it worse. The less humidity you have then clicks will happen more often.

    Forget the miracle cures.

    Jeff O’Neil

    • CourVO


      I hear ya…best solution yet…but when you live in a climate with 4% humidity most days, you start looking for extras to help you get through the dry times.

      Thanks for stopping by to comment!

      Dave Courvoisier

      • Jeff O'Neil

        Simply add a humidifier to your booth. Turn it on a few minutes before you begin. Small room humidifiers are for sale in lost drug stores for those who have a problem during winter cold season.

        Add a little eucalyptus scent and you’re all set!


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