Submission Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in submitting an article to the RDH family of publications. Here you will find our submission guidelines, contact information, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Topic suggestions

We publish a wide range of articles and are happy to work with you to select a topic. Above all, we encourage you to write on a topic that best suits an area of your expertise.

How to submit an article

E-mail your article in a Word document (or similar) to Chief Editor Jackie Sanders (


For print publication, articles are generally due two months in advance of the publication date (e.g., articles for publication in the June issue are due April 1). For digital deadlines, please consult with an editor (see "key contacts" below).

Article formatting

Please follow the formatting guidelines below. Articles that are not in this format will be considered incomplete and may be delayed indefinitely for review. See the end of this document for an example.

  • Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman font
  • 12-point type
  • 1” margins
  • One space after periods
  • Double spacing
  • At the top of the article, include author name(s) with credentials (DMD, DDS, etc.)
  • At the top of the article, include your email address and phone number
  • Include your bio at the end of the article (details below)

Author bio and photo

Along with your article, please submit a short bio (75 words or fewer) along with a professional high-resolution headshot. These will be included at the end of your article.

Article length (word count)

There is no specific limit on word count, although generally speaking, articles of 4,000 words or more are rarely published in the print edition due to space. However, we do have recommendations based on our observations:

  • Think of your article as a story. Tell your story in as many words as you need to best inform, entertain, and educate the reader.
  • Shorter articles (around 800 to 1,000 words) tend to do better online, although there are plenty of exceptions to this rule.
  • Articles that explore more complex topics tend to run 1,400–3,000 words.
  • Articles that include a photo series are very successful. These include articles that are clinical in nature.
  • As a rule of thumb, keep things focused and condensed. Rambling articles do not hold digital readers for very long.
  • Avoid sending articles that are structured like a long list of bullet points. This is usually an indication that the article needs further development and revision, and it may be returned to you for revision before being accepted.

Photos, figures, and artwork

We encourage you to submit photos, figures, and/or artwork with your articles. Submit high-resolution photos when possible. If files are too large to e-mail (over 10 MB), please compress the files or set up a dropbox for file transfer. (e.g.,


Most articles published in RDH brands are compensated. Payment varies but is generally $250 to $350 dollars.

Photo and talent releases

Authors are responsible for collecting any applicable photo or talent releases.

Product mentions

Products or websites can be mentioned if tastefully done. This is especially true if it helps the reader understand how to use a particular product in a procedure or case study. We do not publish promotional or overtly advertorial material.

References, citations, and editorial integrity

Plagiarism and copyright infringement are serious legal issues. Both the publisher and the author are liable when violations are reported.

We require that authors cite sources of external material, whether as a list of references or within the text itself. Please consult your editor if there are any questions about properly referencing information from sources.

The preferred citation style of DentistryIQ follows American Medical Association guidelines. You can access a short guide to AMA style here.

Signed copyright agreement

We cannot publish any articles until you have completed our copyright agreement, which your editorial contact will provide for you.


All submissions must be original works and not published elsewhere. We do not repost previously published articles.

Approval process

The editors of RDH work with a team of dental professionals in deciding whether your article will be published. You will be notified within approximately one month of submitting your article about its status (accepted/declined).

Where will my article be published?

We have many channels for our content, of which the print magazine is only one. All magazine articles are posted to our website,, and may be circulated in our e-newsletters. Articles initially accepted for digital publication will be posted to DentistryIQ ( Sometimes articles initially published digitally are sometimes republished in the magazine.

Additional publication opportunities

The DentistryIQ Network includes DentistryIQ, Dental Economics, RDH magazine, and Perio-Implant Advisory. Many RDH authors have gone on to write successfully for our other publications. So, if you are interested in furthering your career through publication, you are in the right place!

Key contacts


Vicki Cheeseman - Clinical dentistry -, (918) 831-9451

Meg Kaiser - Practice management, front office, and dental assistants -, (918) 831-9817

Zachary Kulsrud - Industry (Apex360) -, (918) 831-9472

Erin Robinson - Products -, (918) 832-9270

Amelia Williamson DeStefano - Hygiene -, (918) 832-9228

Sample Article Submission

Diabetes and oral health: The importance of maintaining optimum oral health

By Erin Stelbrink

Author Contact Info:, (555) 987-1234

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), diabetes is the seventh leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. (1) Dental or oral infections in a patient with diabetes can frequently lead to loss of control over the diabetic condition. Oral complexities of diabetes include periodontal disease, tooth decay, salivary dysfunction, and pathologic changes. This article will review diabetes and oral health.

Uncontrolled bacteria production resulting in oral inflammation and infection can result in mobile teeth. Uncontrolled diabetes can result in enhanced inflammation, delayed healing of wounds, and changes to large and small blood vessels. (2) Failure to reverse these adverse effects by managing diabetes can lead to periodontal disease. This risk directly relates to fasting blood glucose levels. Patients with diabetes have a hyperactive inflammatory response and the bacterial challenge of a periodontal infection results in exaggerated inflammation and periodontal tissue destruction. Over time, this can lead to loose teeth, and eventually tooth loss. (2)

Tooth dehydration is one of the causes of tooth decay. Like our hair, skin and other organs, our teeth can undergo dehydration. (3) Symptoms of tooth dehydration are dry mouth and tooth sensitivity. Those with diabetes who are experiencing hyperglycemia will likely also experience tooth dehydration because hyperglycemia leads to glucose excretion in the urine. Due to the loss of fluids saliva production will slow causing dry mouth, which will result in tooth dehydration. Another review was able to identify associations both between saliva and dental disease and between saliva and dehydration. (4) However, the exact meaning of these associations remains to be fully explained.

Dry mouth in those with and without diabetes will lead to tooth decay because saliva neutralizes and clean acids produced by bacteria, which creates a balanced pH and prevents the destruction of tooth enamel. If the production of bacteria accelerates faster than saliva due to dry mouth, colonization of bacteria will inevitably damage tooth structure. Repeated damage to the tooth structure results in tooth decay.

Manifestations of several life-threatening diseases appear in the mouth, including diabetes. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends screening tests for diabetes mellitus for all persons 45 and older. (5) Those with risks such as obesity and a family history belonging to ethnic or minority groups are also at risk for diabetes. Recent medical research demonstrated that on average, people who maintain healthy oral hygiene home care habits live 10 years longer than those who do not. Those with uninhibited diabetes may require hospitalization until the infection is under control. (6) Establishing regular dental visits for checkups and cleanings will significantly lower the risk of oral complications.


Erin Stelbrink is a licensed dental hygienist with 5+ years of experience as an oral health care provider and leads research and program development for She serves as a pioneer in developing programs that improve patient care while generating additional revenue for hygienists. For more information, email her at or visit


1. Johnson NB, Hayes LD, Brown K, Hoo EC, Ethier KA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC National Health Report: Leading Causes of Morbidity and Mortality and Associated Behavioral Risk and Protective Factors—United States, 2005–2013. MMWR Surveill Summ. 63(Suppl 4);3-27.

2. Slim LH, Stegeman CA. Diabetes: A Multifaceted Syndrome Treatment Considerations in Dentistry. Accessed September 7, 2015.

3. Chan W. Tooth Dehydration During Teeth Whitening in London. Dr. Wyman Chan website. Accessed August 27, 2015.

4. Smith AJ, Shaw L. Mild dehydration: a risk factor for dental disease? Eur J Clin Nutr. 2003;57(Suppl 2):S75–S80. doi:10.1038/sj.ejcn.1601905.

5. Patel P, Macerollo A. Diabetes Mellitus: Diagnosis and Screening. Am Fam Physician. 2010;81:863-870.

6. Stelbrink E. Diabetes and Oral Health. Endever. Published March 10, 2015. Accessed September 16, 2015.