I wanted to talk about this. I know there's a lot of people who like to use folk remedies and alternative treatments but when it comes to teeth I need to give people a warning.
I once had an infected tooth that I left untreated for 2 years. I tried clove oil, peroxide, and other home remedies to try to east the pain. It wasn't a 24/7 pain, but every couple of weeks or so it would hurt and hurt to the point where I could not eat or sleep. I would just tough it out until the pain diminished. The only think I found that temporarily took the pain away was to hold cool water in my mouth, so I would often be spotted carrying around a glass with me everywhere I went. Finally, it got to the point where I was experiencing fainting episodes. I didn't actually faint but I would have to grab something or some one nearby as I felt like I was going to go unconscious. I then realized the tooth had to come out and fast. So I finally got that tooth removed. The dentist told me that I could have died, that the infection had eaten about an inch wide pocket into the bone and that if it had spread to my blood I could have quickly died from a heart attack or stroke.
So that knowledge intrigued me and I began looking up information online. My dentist was absolutely right. There is a correlation between heart disease and tooth infections. Then I found out that the actor who played Lorne on the series Angel died from an infected wisdom tooth. The news reports had indicated he died of heart failure but they failed to report that it was caused by an infected wisdom tooth when the infection spread to his heart. Then a local new celebrity died of the exact same thing. He had an infected tooth that he kept putting off. The infection spread to his heart and he died. Finally, a few months ago there was a news story of a single father who had an infected tooth. He didn't have much money so he chose to keep putting off the extraction and simply took pain pills. He too then died of heart failure when the infection spread.
So please keep this warning. Don't put off treatment for an infected tooth. In generations past, infected teeth and teeth pain were not viewed as being potentially life-threatening. In the past they didn't even prescribe antibiotics when a tooth had to be pulled. Now we know better that it actually can kill you if you put it off long enough. So please find a way to get proper dental treatment if you know or believe that you have an infected tooth.