This year has been a very difficult one for me. I became severely depressed and stopped taking care of myself quite a bit. While I pride in the fact that, through it, I was able to maintain a 3.9 GPA in college, I am ashamed to say I practically stopped brushing my teeth entirely for a month or two.
My bottom teeth frighten me the most. While the teeth themselves are not terribly yellow, the gums appear a bit worn or swollen and might could be considered spongy. I can't really tell if the gums are receding; if so, they haven't done so noticeably. They are not red, but my bottom (front and center) teeth feel a little "off." Not loose per se, but perhaps a bit "tingly." My gums do bleed some when I brush them as well.
Recently, scared, I realized the effects of my negligence and self-depreciation. I hate what I might have done to myself, but am trying my hardest to get my life back in order. Hopefully, with the least possible permanent damages.
I am only 19. I realize wonders can be done within the realm of cosmetic dentistry. I just want to know whether or not I have let myself submit to full blown periodontal disease, and whether or not I can fix this without surgery or false dental implants for eventual tooth loss?
What can I do to help this? Will it ever go back to normal?
Please, please, please help.