SmithKline, NAD in Aquafresh clash

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TV ad claims comparing SmithKline Beecham Corp.'s Aquafresh Whitening Toothpaste to Den-Mat Corp.'s Rembrandt toothpaste and Procter & Gamble Co.'s Crest should be modified, the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus said after a review. SmithKline disputed the NAD findings, however, and appealed to the National Advertising Review Board. Grey Advertising, New York, created the Aquafresh ads. Den-Mat had challenged the ads as deceptive. NAD said SmithKline should limit certain parity performance claims and discontinue the claim that Aquafresh Whitening "helps get teeth their whitest."

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