How old do you have to be to get a tongue piercing in North Carolina?
In the state of North Carolina, the legal age for any piercing other than the ear is 18, without parental consent.
Sure you can talk normally after a tongue piercing, it's the next day that is a challenge and I would suggest you try not to talk or show the piercing off until it's a week or two old. Stressing the tongue to show it off or talk needlessly is not good for the piercing and will cause the swelling to worsen. Ice cubes , freezies, slushies will be your best friend for a few days.