I became vegan at the beginning of last year, around the same time I switched to using a non flouride toothpaste.
Since then I have noticed I get alot of plaque/tartar on the back of my teeth, no amount of brushing will remove it. I visit the dentist for a clean, he removes it but it comes back. I've tried various non flouride toothpastes but the problem persists. I'm not sure I'm getting more of it because of the high fruit content of my diet or the fact I don't have a flouride toothpaste.
Dentist sometimes asks if I drink coffee/tea which is weird because I quit all that, yet my teeth were better when I did drink it.
Can anyone offer any advice?
Start increasing calorie sources from nutrient dense raw fruits and nuts and seeds, and eat about 1/2-2 heads of lettuce greens a day. Decrease sources of grains and processed foods.
A mono meal of oranges a day will leave the mouth squeaky clean.
You still should floss at least once a day, and brush 2 times.
I've experienced the opposite to you. When I was paleo for 3 years (pre-vegan), I actually experienced the most tartar build-up ever on my teeth. I recently had my teeth cleaned (after 1+ year on vegan HCLF) and they remarked that there was no tartar and only some soft plaque, which was easily removed. Last year, however, I also switched to an electric toothbrush. Yet even when I used a manual brush before paleo, I never had tartar build-up really.
I've read that tartar build-up is due to a Vit K deficiency. When I was paleo, I hardly got any Vit K, so maybe that explains my tartar problem then. Since I've been vegan, I've really upped the greens.
How often do you brush? Maybe try brushing after every meal. I use fluoride free toothpaste as well and have not noticed any issues with my teeth