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The odors coming from a decayed and infected tooth and from gum disease each have their own characteristic smell. It's hard to explain it but it's very specific. Both odors involve bacteria that emit a sulfuric component to them so they very well could be described using the term "rotten egg". Other people's susceptibility to irritants to the degree that their eyes water could be from many things, one of which could be the sulfurous gas emanating from you oral condition. However, others eye irritation could be related to so many things, allergens in the air to accidentally rubbing something in their eyes. You have you pay attention the circumstances surrounding the events that make your eyes water and get irritated. I hope this helps.
The sense of smell and taste are connected. Your sense of taste depends on your ability to smell properly. Just hold your own nose and try eating something. You will notice that without the ability to smell, food tastes quite bland. So the answer to your question is yes, but it is the smell of the tooth that is affecting your sense of taste.
SIncerely, XXXXX XXXXX DDS