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Lacrosse players were most likely to wear a mouthguard, according to the survey results. Here, Tufts’ Kirsten Grazewski, A21, moves past a defender during a match against York College. Photo: Anna Miller

Women players more likely to protect their teeth, a Tufts School of Dental Medicine study shows.

When a ball or puck is flying towards an athlete’s face, a mouthguard can be all that stands between him or her and some serious dental trauma. Yet, a survey of Tufts athletes conducted by researchers at the School of Dental Medicine shows the use of mouthguards is inconsistent, although women athletes appear to be far more likely to wear them than men.

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