It's not an easy life for performers with rock star bad breath.
On stage, the lights are shining blindingly and sweat seeps through your shirt. Anyone who has ever played in front of an audience - music, spoken word or dancing - knows that between the nerves, on-stage movement and crowd interaction, your throat and mouth can become uncomfortably parched.
Dry mouth is a big cause of bad breath. Just like cardio exercises that require breathing through the mouth, rocking out may zap saliva, turning your mouth into breeding ground for smelly bacteria. When you walk off stage, the last thing you want to happen is for your foul oral odor to greet fans before you do.
5 ways to prevent dry mouth during shows
There are several easy tricks to stay hydrated and keep your mouth moist throughout a performance.
1. Ease nerves before the show. Stress may contribute to dry mouth by causing people to breathe through their mouths or hyperventilate. Close your eyes, count to 10 and remember, you're going to do great!
2. Drink water between songs. Keeping a bottle of water on the ground or next to the stand allows you to quickly gulp down some H2O. Besides hydrating the body, water flushes down food debris, helps reduce odorous bacteria and stimulates saliva flow.
3. Avoid alcohol and energy drinks. Drinking alcoholic beverages before or during performances can leave the mouth dry and uncomfortable. That's because alcohol is a drying agent that dehydrates the body's cells - including those in the mouth. Energy drinks, since they contain caffeine, a natural diuretic, also reduce water in your body. For musicians, dancers or other performers who want to stay hydrated during the show, reach for a glass of water instead of that beer.
4. Chew gum or suck on a mint. For performers who aren't singing or talking to the audience, chewing on a piece of gum or sucking on a lozenge might be helpful to keep the mouth wet. Just look at world-famous drummer Carter Beauford from Dave Matthews Band - he's always blowing bubbles behind his kit!
5. Try breathing through your nose. If the performance doesn't up your heart rate too much, making a mental note to breathe through your nostrils can help reduce dry mouth.