Mouth clicks are produced by the tongue detaching from the insides of your mouth. To avoid mouth clicks you will have to avoid touching the roof of your mouth with a tongue. Also, it helps to drink a lot of water to lessen thick saliva, monitoring, washing your teeth and even eating an apple.
What causes mouth clicks?
Mouth clicks are produced by thick saliva breaking when your tongue briefly touches the roof of your mouth or teeth. The thicker the saliva the harsher the mouth click.
How to avoid mouth clicks?
To avoid mouth clicks, practice speaking without touching the inner walls of your mouth with the tongue. At first, try to be conscious about not touching the walls of your mouth, with practice you will learn to do it without thinking about it.
Washing teeth prevents harsh mouth clicks
Wash your teeth regularly to avoid the accumulation of sticky gunk in your mouth. You can also use floss, chewing gum and alcohol-free mouth wash.
Regular mouth hygiene will prevent harsh mouth clicks created by sticky saliva.
Just try not to wash your teeth right before beginning recording because toothpaste leaves the residue, which can prompt some mouth clicks. Instead, before recording, try rinsing your mouth with warm water to cleanse any food residues and lessen mouth clicks.
Stay hydrated to avoid mouth clicks thick saliva
Staying hydrated is essential because it makes your saliva less thick and viscous. When you start dehydrating, saliva thickens and sticks more to the roof of your mouth and tongue. It creates more frequent and louder mouth clicks.
Try drinking lots of water and eating plenty of fruits and veggies to keep yourself hydrated and avoid mouth clicks.
By the way, before recording, try to avoid dairy products. Milk will leave a sticky residue in your mouth. Therefore, try to avoid milk products before recording. You don’t need to cut dairy out of your diet, just don’t consume it right before recording.
Apples can temporarily attenuate mouth clicks
Eating an apple, won’t permanently remove mouth clicks, but it will be effective for about 5 minutes. It could be enough to record your script, and if you need more time, take another bite.
If you suffer from lots of mouth clicks, have slices of apple near you when recording and snack on them periodically.
Some swear that green apples work the best, some say it is granny smith brand apples that work the best. Besides, while apples are the most popular choice, other fruits may help as well.
I’ve read some comments about bananas and citrus fruits also doing wonders on reducing mouth clicks.
How to spot mouth clicks when recording?
Using headphones will allow you to monitor and know when you are creating mouth clicks. It is very important to monitor your audio when recording as it will help you to spot mouth clicks before going to the editing phase.
Otherwise, you might be recording mouth clicks without realizing it which could result in having to re-record your whole take.
You can read more about headphones and audio monitoring in this article
If you are also interested in how to avoid breathing noise when recording, then this article is about it.