“Bad teeth, poor hygiene (they still favor baths over showers)”
When on earth did taking a shower become more hygienic than taking a bath?
Each to their own preference, but when did soaking in a warm stew of water, soap, and one’s own bodily dirt and oils become more hygienic than soaping up, scrubbing, and spray washing it all down a drain? Have to say, though, that the Japanese have the best method ... shower, suds, scrub, and rinse thoroughly first and then soak neck deep in clean hot water. So clean your skin squeaks.