How Do You Keep Your Mouth Wet During Blow Jobs?

Some chewing gum might make things way easier for you.
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recent Reddit /r/sex user posed the question, "How to keep mouth wet during blow jobs?" and you know what? Valid. If you're giving head, and it starts to feel like your mouth just dries tf up, it's gonna take you out of the moment, and it's not fun.

Whether it's because you're suddenly in that moment, very in need of your body to do the one job it's supposed to do, or if you're just thinking about it more than usual, neither logical answer really helps to solve the problem at hand: needing more spit now. In the heat of the moment, taking a step back to question the efficacy of your salivary glands is not fun for you.

Here to help, we asked some experts on how to keep your mouth wet during oral, for your comfort as well as your partner's.

Why do I have dry mouth?

Lots of things cause dry mouth, including "seasonal allergies, many medications, including stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin, also, antihistamines, diuretics, some bladder medications and blood pressure medications as well." says Dr. Wendy Askew, MD, a board-certified OBGYN. Alcohol can also cause dehydration and dry mouth.

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How can I keep my mouth wet during oral?

For a fast fix you can try chewing gum, sucking on something sour like a lemon or pickle juice, or popping a sour candy into your mouth beforehand, says Askew.

Chewing gum will help stimulate saliva production, lasts a little while, and if you have a strong gag reflex and want to avoid the risk of puking in case anything comes up, it won't fill you up, Askew explains.

Sucking or sipping on pickles, lemons, or limes, can also stimulate salivary glands, Askew adds. Taking a shot or two of pickle juice is not only going to kick your salivary glands into action, it also happens to be hydrating, so it's a good double-whammy, according to Askew. And if you're worried about pickle juice or lemons causing irritation in the urethra or vulva of your receiving partner, "I would not expect there to be enough of the pickle juice acidity to cause irritation," says Askew.

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Sour candies will also kick-start the spit factory, as will candies or mints with the artificial sweetener "xylitol," says Askew. Not only does xylitol stimulate saliva production, it also helps restore moisture. Of course, it's always a good idea to keep sugar away from the vagina, and the stickiness and sugary residue could last a bit longer, so use this as a last resort, Askew adds.

And don't turn your nose at lube! Water-based lube is also an easy fix that takes some of the pressure off your own body to produce all the spit in the world. Momentum water-based lube is one that Dr. Jarrett Manning, DDS, a dentist in Atlanta, Georgia, recommends to patients who discuss oral sex with her.

Can going deeper during oral produce more spit?

And then there's the anecdotal idea that taking your partner's penis further into your mouth will cause more spit to come out. "In a nut shell, the body's response to deep throating is similar to that of gagging, which is a defense mechanism preventing swallowing or choking," Manning explains. When these areas in the back of your throat get triggered in such a way, the stimulation goes from your nerves to your brain's medulla oblongata, which happens to be located near the other areas of the brain that cause you to get teary eyes, and produce excess saliva, says Manning. So it could work, but you're basically tricking your brain into "choking mode" to get there, which doesn't sound super pleasant.

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Aka please don't force yourself to gag to the point where you're legit uncomfortable in the hopes of hitting some magic saliva pocket.

How can I make my mouth wetter?

In general if you want to keep your mouth wetter, you might want to look into xylitol products as these stimulate saliva production and help retain better moisture in the mouth (which is not only good for oral sex, but also dental health), explains Askew. Look for products that don't contain alcohol as it can be drying. 

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.

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