Camera-related behaviours of female dental nurses and nursery school children during fluoride varnish application interactions in nursery school settings

Int J Paediatr Dent. 2010 Sep 1;20(5):374-81. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-263X.2010.01051.x. Epub 2010 Jun 2.


Objective: To investigate camera awareness of female dental nurses and nursery school children as the frequency of camera-related behaviours observed during fluoride varnish applications in a community based health programme.

Methods: Fifty-one nurse-child interactions (three nurse pairs and 51 children) were video recorded when Childsmile nurses were applying fluoride varnish onto the teeth of children in nursery school settings. Using a pre-developed coding scheme, nurse and child verbal and nonverbal behaviours were coded for camera-related behaviours.

Results: On 15 of 51 interactions (29.4%), a total of 31 camera-related behaviours were observed for dental nurses (14 instances over nine interactions) and children (17 instances over six interactions). Camera-related behaviours occurred infrequently, occupied 0.3% of the total interaction time and displayed at all stages of the dental procedure, though tended to peak at initial stages.

Conclusions: Certain camera-related behaviours of female dental nurses and nursery school children were observed in their interactions when introducing a dental health preventive intervention. Since the frequency of camera-related behaviours are so few they are of little consequence when video-recording adults and children undertaking dental procedures.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cariostatic Agents / administration & dosage
  • Child Behavior*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Community Dentistry / methods
  • Dental Assistants / psychology*
  • Female
  • Fluorides, Topical / administration & dosage
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Observer Variation
  • Professional-Patient Relations*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Schools, Nursery
  • Video Recording*


  • Cariostatic Agents
  • Fluorides, Topical