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Though getting a piercing in your tongue or lips may seem like a popular thing to do, it is important to know the many dangers associated with oral piercings. Due to symptoms like blood poisoning, cracked teeth, heart infections, nerve disorders and receding gums, getting a tongue piercing is actually not as simple as it appears to be. The upkeep of a piercing is often quite extensive. If the site of the piercing is not kept clean, it is likely that this could damage your oral health.

Many other common symptoms from receiving a piercing include:

  • Severe pain
  • Tongue swelling
  • Infections
  • Soft tissue scarring
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Difficulty speaking properly
  • Nerve damage
  • Allergic reactions

These symptoms can vary according to the situation. If you visit any unlicensed piercing parlors for your tongue piercing, you are putting yourself at risk for issues like tetanus and tuberculosis. Due to the many risks and unforeseen hazards involved, the American Dental Association® (ADA) does not advise any form of oral piercing.