I want to get my tongue pierced what are the risks?

Many. According to the British Dental Association the potential for infection is higher for the tongue than any other location on the body. Swelling of the tongue can compromise the airway. Ludwig's Syndrome (Ludwig's Angina) can cause swelling & sepsis both of which can lead to death. Staphylococcus aureus / Streptococcus pyogenes can enter tissues through the piercing & lead to Toxic Shock Syndrome.

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What are the risks of getting your tongue pierced?

Lots. Bleeding, infection, disease transmission if everything is not sterile. Once in broken teeth, worn teeth, gum recession. If you are still going to do it, use plastic ends on the post. Read more...
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