Back in the Old Days, when Men were Real Men and horses were a fast way to travel, doctor's were few and dentists were even fewer. And young ladies laughed coquettishly behind their fans so no one would see the blackened stubs of their rotting teeth. They didn't use a lot of soap back then. In fact, in some places it was illegal to take a bath without a doctor's prescription. Hell--the toothbrush wasn't even invented until 1938. Before that dental hygiene was handled by "chew sticks". And the occasional string tied to a doorknob. For the last twenty-plus years I've brushed my teeth with soap instead of toothpaste. And I haven't had a single cavity in all that time. When I go to the dentist and they give me that little doggie-bag with the toothbrush, dental floss, and toothpaste, I take it home and throw the toothpaste directly into the trash. And not just because it's poisoned, which it is--(flouride is a very nasty whole-body and rot-yer-brain toxin)--but also because it contains abrasives that wear the enamel off your teeth and glycerin, which coats them and prevents your body from healing incipient cavities. Yep: Your saliva actually contains an enzyme that plates new enamel on your teeth--if they are clean. Glycerin lingers, and prevents dental healing. Add that to a high-sugar diet with lots of fizzy phosphoric acid (that's the stuff that dissolves glass) and pretty soon you have rotting teeth with black pits that saliva can never reach the bottom of to attempt repair. It takes seven risings to get toothpaste off your teeth. It takes two to get soap off your teeth. Does soap taste bad? No. It tastes a little, well, soapy. But it's a very neutral taste. Unless, of course, you get hold of that that nasty perfumed soap that smells like it came out of a French whorehouse. Or unless you try those liquid soaps which are really detergents, i.e Dr. Bonner's. Or that antibacterial soap that's so very bad for your entire body. Ivory is good, or any other plain soap. The plainer the better. Cheap soap is good soap. It doesn't take much, which is partly why the flavor of soap is so mild. And soap will leave your teeth literally squeaky clean. As in "You can squeak your tongue across your teeth." (Try that with a mouthful of glycerin.) Soap is cheaper, healthier, works better, and you make it in the backwoods. It's better than dying in slow increments from the fluoride in toothpaste (and ciddy-wawter), and better than having to laugh behind your fan. Especially for us guys. Give it a try for about about six months and see how it goes.