Some things are truly worth saving, preserving and revering.

The AAE has launched a contest to emphasize the importance of preservation.

Preservationists by nature, endodontists, the dental specialists dedicated to saving natural teeth, understand what’s worth saving.

The same way teeth have a natural ally in endodontists, the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) wants to be an ally to natural landmarks that are worth saving.

That is why we have launched a contest spotlighting some natural landmarks to tie the importance of saving your natural teeth to the preservation of other natural treasures.

Below are four beautiful locations that are truly meaningful to their local citizens and visitors. Read more about each and click to vote for the one you most believe is worth saving.

Scroll to see the landmarks and vote for your favorite.

What is an endodontist?

Endodontists are highly skilled dental specialists in diagnosing and treating tooth pain and performing root canal treatment.

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How do endodontists specialize in saving your teeth?

Along with two to three years of advanced training beyond dental school, endodontists have incredible precision and hand-eye coordination, making them highly skilled in performing complex treatments. They use the most specialized and advanced technology to treat tooth pain and perform root canal treatment. No one is better at saving your natural teeth.

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Charles River Esplanade

Boston, MA

Preservationist Group: Esplanade Association

Located in Boston, MA, the Charles River Esplanade is a 3.2-mile long, 64-acre linear state park along the banks of the Charles River, spanning from the Museum of Science to the Boston University Bridge.

The park has a rich 150-year history, leading back to famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead. In addition to providing a beautiful natural landscape of 1,700 trees and 14 ornamental gardens, the Esplanade is home to the majestic Hatch Memorial Shell, various historical monuments, and over five miles of pathways for walking, running, or biking. Each summer, the Boston Pops Celebrate the Fourth of July on the Esplanade with a spectacular fireworks show and concert that are broadcast across the country. The Esplanade is enjoyed by an estimated 3 million visitors each year for recreation, quiet contemplation, and quality time with friends and family.

The Chicago River

Chicago, IL

Preservationist Group: Friends of the Chicago River

The Chicago River has been a magnet for people for hundreds of years.

Though it has been abused at times, today the Chicago River is back. Water quality has improved, some 70 types of fish and countless species of birds and mammals call it home, people joyfully paddle on it, and it is a key symbol of a vibrant American city on the move. From its headwaters in suburban Waukegan to its southern-most point in Lockport, the Chicago River system is healthy and robust.

The waterway has been called Chicago’s second waterfront. But to people who love the Chicago River--as it meanders through the canyons of downtown, past parks and homes in classic neighborhoods and suburbs, and by new developments sparked by its renaissance—it will always be Number One.

Phil Hardberger Park

San Antonio, TX

Preservationist Group: Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy

Phil Hardberger Park is the best place in San Antonio to see and feel the wild.

With 330-acres, this former dairy farm -- including the 19th-century Voelcker homestead -- is one of the few remaining undeveloped parcels in San Antonio, an oasis surrounded by subdivisions, freeways and shopping centers. It is a stunning landscape with some of its trees having stood here long before the Battle of the Alamo.

An average of 1,000 visitors each day come to enjoy its 7.5 miles of trails, dog parks, play areas and PHP Urban Ecology Center- and in 2020 the iconic Robert L.B. Tobin Land Bridge. Preserving Phil Hardberger Park means that people have a place to connect to nature without ever leaving the city.

Wissahickon Valley Park

Philadelphia, PA

Preservationist Group: Friends of the Wissahickon

Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Valley Park is an 1,800-acre urban oasis of dramatic scenery, dense forests, rugged trails and free-flowing streams.

Over 50 miles of wooded biking, hiking and equestrian trails wind through a deep gorge surrounding Wissahickon Creek, attracting over a million visits each year. The region’s rich history is represented in the park’s many iconic landmarks, from the Valley Green Inn, a more than 160-year-old historic restaurant in the heart of the park, to the Red Covered Bridge, Philadelphia’s only remaining covered bridge. The park’s watershed protects the drinking water of one in three Philadelphians and offers respite for all who visit.

Vote for the landmark you want to preserve:

The contest begins on March 27, 2019, and runs until April 24, 2019.

The natural landmark with the most votes will receive $20,000 to their preservation fund and $30,000 in free endodontic services in the city in which it is located.

Rules of Contest:

  • Only one vote can be entered per device.
  • The decision will be determined by the maximum number of votes. The decision on the winner is final and not subject to challenge.

Why See An Endodontist

What is an endodontist?

Endodontists are highly skilled dental specialists in diagnosing and treating tooth pain and performing root canal treatment.


How do endodontists specialize in saving your teeth?

Along with two to three years of advanced training beyond dental school, endodontists have incredible precision and hand-eye coordination, making them highly skilled in performing complex treatments. They use the most specialized and advanced technology to treat tooth pain and perform root canal treatment. No one is better at saving your natural teeth.


How do I know if I need an endodontist?

If you’re experiencing tooth pain, you have injured your tooth, your tooth is sensitive to hot or cold, and/or there is swelling around the teeth, gums or your face, you should make an appointment to see an endodontist.


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