Before man could purge his tongue of garlic with gum, mints, mouthwash, or Booty Parlor breath spray, he had to get by with some humble alternatives. But our ancestors never stopped finding new ways to keep their breath smelling great, whether they were ancient Greek physicians or mildly slutty sultans. So here's a quick guide to some of their early inventions, in case things get dire when your drugstore runs out of Tic Tacs.
Early 400s - Late 300s BC: The most famous authority on what exactly you should be doing to your body, Hippocrates, recommended mouth-rinsing with a mixture of alum, salt, and vinegar.
310 BC: And soon after, Greek philosopher Theophrastus helpfully alerted his brethren that citron can "sweeten the breath". Then he wrote ten books on plants.