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I am asking this for my father. He is having a burning sensation of his tongue and has had this for about 4 months now. He has gone to a family doctor and all tests came back negative. Can you tell me what he should do for this and should he go to a dentist?

He has dentures on top and bottom but doesn't wear the bottom dentures because of this. Please, can you give me some info.? ...Lynn

Lynn, burning tongue could be a symptom for several problems. The following factors must be considered:
1- Allergy to food, toothpaste, dental materials especially those that cause galvanic reactions between two different metals like gold and Amalgam.
2- Shortage of certain vitamins and minerals.
3- Dehydration.
4- Intake of certain medicines.
5- Certain diseases of oral mucosa.

The patient should go to a specialist in Oral Medicine for evaluation of his condition.

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