Teeth Time™ deck is intended for 2 to 6 players. For
more players, additional decks may be required.
OBJECT: To be the first to play all
cards onto the playing field. The winner is the player with the
lowest total score.
EQUIPMENT: One deck of 124 cards: 26 each
of red, blue, yellow, and green cards labeled “A” through
“E,” and “1” through “8,” plus several multicolor face
cards: one “Dentist” (Take Penalties) card, one “Tooth
Fairy” (Take Primary) card, one “Gumpster” (Draw to Ten) card,
two “Prevention” (Reverse) cards, two “Cavity” (Draw 2)
cards, two “Broken Tooth” (Draw 4) cards, four “Implant”
(Wild) cards, four “Bridge” (Wild) cards, two “Toothache”
(Skip) cards, and one Meld/Scoring card.
PLAY: One player is chosen to be the
dealer, who shuffles the deck and deals out a hand of ten face down
cards, one at a time, to each player. Players hold their ten cards
in hand so that other players cannot see them. The remaining deck is
placed face down in the center of the play area, to become the draw
pile. The top card of the draw pile is placed face up next to the
draw pile to become the discard pile. If the draw pile begins with a
face card, the first player may pick it up, but the action of the
card does not apply to that player. The game starts with the player
to the left of the dealer, and progresses to the left. In turn, a
player draws one card - either the top card from the draw pile, or
the top card from the discard pile - and adds it to the player's
hand. The player ends the turn by discarding one card of choice onto
the discard pile. If the draw pile runs out, the discard pile is
shuffled and turned over to become the new draw pile. Play begins
with each player trying to complete the minimum initial Meld
specified for that hand. Melds are composed of letter and/or number
Sets and Runs, each with a minimum of 3 or 4 cards, depending on the
hand. During the turn that a player successfully makes the initial
Meld in hand, they may “go down” (lay the Meld face up on the
playing field in front of them). During that turn, and for all
remaining turns in the game, the player may add additional cards to
their initial Meld, create new 3+ card Sets and Runs, or add cards
to other Sets and Runs that have been played on the field. A player
may play any face card (except a “Wild” card) during any turn;
however, a player may not lay any tooth card down on the field,
except a discard, prior to making the initial Meld. The Meld must be
complete before laying it down. During a turn, no card may be played
prior to taking a draw card.
EXAMPLES: A player making an initial Meld of a Set of
“6’s” and a Run of “2,”
“3,” “4,” and “5” may also immediately play a “1” to
extend the Run. The next player in the same hand lays down an
initial Set of “2’s” and a Run of
“A,” “B,” “C,” and “D.” If that player has a
“6,” it may be played on the first player's Set of “6's,” or
it may extend the “1,” “2,” “3,” “4,” and “5”
The Melds for the eight hands of
a match are:
Hand 1: 1 Set of 3
Hand 2: 1 Run of 4
Hand 3: 2 Sets of 3
Hand 4: 1 Set of 3 and 1
Run of 3
Hand 5: 1
Set of 4 and 1 Run of 3
Hand 6: 1
Set of 3 and 1 Run of 4
Hand 7: 2 Sets of 4
Hand 8: 1 Set of 4 and 1
Run of 4
CHOOSING THE GAME SKILL LEVEL: Game play difficulty may
be adjusted according to the skill level of the players. All
participants must play using the same chosen skill level.
Sets and Runs are made with no restrictions on the colors of
the cards. “Wild”
cards may not be taken from played Sets or Runs.
Sets and Runs are made with no restrictions on the colors of
the cards. During a turn,
“Wild” cards may be taken from Runs on the playing field (see
“Wild Cards”). “Wild” cards may not be taken from Sets.
may be any combination of colors, but all cards in a Run must be the
same color. During a turn, “Wild” cards may be taken from Runs on
the playing field (see “Wild Cards”). “Wild” cards may not be
taken from Sets.
PULLING A TOOTH: When
a player places a card onto the discard pile, and another player
desires it, that player may immediately call “Pull It!” indicating
their wish to have the discarded card. If the next player does not
wish to draw the discarded card, then prior to that player’s normal
draw, the first person that called out may take the discard for a
penalty of one additional card to be drawn from the draw pile along
with the “pulled” card. The “pulling” player does not discard,
and play resumes as normal with the next player drawing the next card
from the draw pile only. Players may “pull” as many cards as
desired in a hand. Only the last discarded card may be pulled.
SETS: A Set is made of three or more
cards of any color, with the same number or letter. As long as there
is at least one tooth card, there is no limit to the number of
“Wild” cards in a Set. “Wild” cards in a Set are always
considered “dead” and may not be removed.
EXAMPLE: Two Sets of 3 could be
3 “4's” and 3 “C's.”
RUNS: A Run
is made of three or more cards, numbered or lettered in order. There
can be no more than 5 cards (A-E) in a primary Run, and no more than 8
cards (1-8) in a permanent Run, even if “Wild” cards are used.
Letters and numbers may not be mixed.
Run of 3 could be “B,” “C,” and “D,” or “2,” “3,”
FACE CARDS: Face cards in the deck are: Bridge, Implant,
Toothache, Cavity, Broken Tooth, Gumpster, Dentist, Tooth Fairy, and
Prevention. When a player has, or draws, a face card, the player may
play it immediately during their turn, discard it, or save it for a
later turn. All face cards, except “Wild” cards (Bridge and
Implant), may be played during any turn, regardless of Melds. Any face
card may be used as a normal discard with no action taken, and, if
desired, the next player may pick it up as their normal draw card.
WILD CARDS: “Wild” cards (Implant or
Bridge) may be used in place of any number or letter card, of any
color, in any position. As long as there is at least one tooth card,
any number of “Wild” cards may be used in a Set or Run. A player
may not play a “Wild” card anywhere else on the field before their
initial Meld is laid down. A “Wild” card may be used to extend a
Run on the field in order to connect to another card from a player's
hand. Players may take a
“Wild” card from a Run by replacing it with the card for which the
“Wild” card is substituting (except when playing
the “Beginner” skill
level). A “Wild” card captured in this way may be held in hand,
used during the same turn to make a new Set or Run, or added to a Set
or Run already on the field.
EXAMPLES: A player wants to make a Run of 4, but only has
cards “2,” “3,” and “5.” The player may use a “Wild”
card as a “4” to complete the Run. When there is an “A,”
“B,” “C” Run on the field, a player may place a “Wild”
card in the “D” position and then play an “E”at the end of the
NOTE: As long as there is as least one tooth card,
there is no limit to the number of “Wild” cards that may be used
to complete, or add to, a Set or Run, up to the maximum number of
cards allowed in the group. “Wild” cards played in a Set are
considered “dead” and cannot be taken.
PENALTY CARDS: Penalty cards (Skip, Draw, and Gumpster) may be played on
any opponent during the player’s turn, regardless of whether or not
any player has made the initial Meld. The penalty action is performed
before the normal draw on the receiving player’s next turn, unless
rescued by the dentist, or the game ends. Multiple penalty cards may
be played in a turn; however, no
more than one penalty card may be played on any one player in a single
turn. If a player receives more than one penalty card before their
next turn, all action is taken during their next turn in the order the
penalties were received, except “Skip Turn,” which is always
performed after all other penalty actions are completed.
SKIP CARDS: When played face up in front
of an opponent, a “Skip” card causes that opponent to lose their
next turn. If a player receives other penalty cards along with a
“Skip,” all of the penalty actions are performed during the
skipped turn. To avoid confusion, once the player has skipped their
turn, the “Skip” card is turned face down to show that the action
has been taken.
DRAW CARDS: When played face up in front
of an opponent, a “Draw” card causes that opponent to draw the
specified number of cards from the draw pile on their next turn, just
before their normal draw. To avoid confusion, once the player has
drawn the indicated number of cards, the “Draw” card is turned
face down to show that the action has been taken.
GUMPSTER CARD: When
played face up in front of an opponent, the “Gumpster” card causes
that opponent to draw from the draw pile the number of cards needed to
bring their hand up to ten cards total (not including any cards that
have been laid on the playing field). The “Gumpster” draw is made
on the player’s next turn, just before their normal draw. To avoid
confusion, once the player has drawn the indicated number of cards,
the “Gumpster” card is turned face down to show that the action
has been taken.
DENTIST CARD: When played face up in front of the holder during a
turn, the player states, “I am the Dentist!” and immediately picks
up all penalty cards (Skip, Draw, and Gumpster) that have been played
on the field - even ones that have not yet been acted on. These are
placed in a pile with the “Dentist” card in front of the holder.
The “Dentist” card and all retrieved penalty cards will subtract
points from the holder's score at the end of the hand. Only penalty
cards that have been played in previous turns may be picked up in this
way, not any cards played in the same turn. Once the “Dentist”
card has been used, it cannot be used again to pick up additional
cards in the same hand. Note: A player that has a “live”
penalty card taken by the dentist is no longer required to perform the
penalty action on their next turn.
TOOTH FAIRY CARD: When played face up in front of
the holder during a turn, the player states, “I am the Tooth
Fairy!” and immediately picks up all primary (letter) cards that
have been played on the field (including all “Wild” cards acting
as primary teeth). These are placed in a pile with the “Tooth
Fairy” card in front of the holder. The “Tooth Fairy” card and
all retrieved primary cards will subtract points from the holder's
score at the end of the hand. Only primary and “Wild” cards that
have been played in previous turns may be picked up in this way, not
any cards played in the same turn. Once the “Tooth Fairy” card has
been used, it cannot be used again to pick up additional cards in the
PREVENTION CARD: The “Prevention” card may be played face up in
front of the holder during a turn to immediately REVERSE the direction
of play, or it may be held for use as the “WHAMMY” - When a
penalty card (Skip, Draw, or Gumpster) is played on an opponent who
holds the “Prevention” card in hand, the opponent may lay the
“Prevention” card face up in front of them, which causes the
penalty card to be reversed and placed face up in front of the
original player, who must draw the specified number of cards from the
draw pile on their next turn, or skip their next turn, as indicated.
Then, to avoid confusion, once the player has drawn the indicated
number of cards, or skipped their turn, the penalty card is turned
face down to show that the action has been taken. If used as the
“whammy,” the Prevention card does not reverse the direction of
play. If an opponent reverses a penalty card with a “Prevention”
card, and the original player also has a “Prevention” card, the
original player may lay the “Prevention” card face up in front of
them. In that case, the players take no action, and the penalty card
is placed in the discard pile where it is considered “dead” and
cannot be drawn again.
HITTING: Hitting is a way to get rid of
leftover cards in the hand after making the initial Meld. A player
makes a hit by laying down a card directly on a Set or Run already
laid down. The card must properly fit with the cards already down.
EXAMPLES: A player may add a “4” to an existing Set of “4's,”
or a “3” to an existing Run of “4,” “5,” “6.” An
opponent may also add a “7” to this Run during their turn, if it
is in their hand. A player may add a “Wild” card to any of these
A player's initial Meld must be laid down before they may make a hit
with a tooth card or “Wild” card. A player may hit only during
their turn. Players may hit their own cards, another player's cards,
or both. Players may also create new Sets and Runs with their
The first person to play their last card in hand by discarding, or
playing on the field, is said to “go out.” This player thus ends
the hand and has a star placed next to their name on the scorecard for
that hand. SCORING: Paper and pencil are needed
for scoring, and a running total is kept for each player. A player's
score may be negative.
player who “goes out” subtracts 30 points from their score.
remaining players must add points to their score for cards still in
hand, as follows:
points for each card lettered A-E
10 points for each card numbered 1-8
20 points for each “Face” card, except the “Gumpster”
points for the “Gumpster”
cards in hand are scored, not cards already laid down, except as noted
played “Tooth Fairy” card, and all primary (letter) and “Wild”
cards collected by the Tooth Fairy, count as 5 points each off of a
played “Dentist” card, and each penalty card collected by the
Dentist, counts as 10 points off of a player’s score.
played “Prevention” card counts as 20 points off a player's score.
the scores are recorded, the player with the lowest score is the
winner of the hand (which may not be the player who “went out”).
The player to the left of the dealer becomes the new dealer. All cards
are gathered and shuffled, and a new hand is dealt.
THE WINNER: At the end of the eighth hand,
the match is over, and the player with the lowest score is declared
the winner. If two or more players have equal low scores, the player
who has won the most hands (as shown by the number of stars by their
name) is declared the winner. To resolve a further tie, the players
that tied may play one more hand. The first to go down with a 3 card
Set and a 4 card Run is the winner.
HAVING FUN WHILE LEARNING: The Teeth Time™ deck
contains a drawing of each tooth, labeled with its name and a smile
diagram showing its position in the mouth. The colored geometric
shapes behind the teeth indicate tooth position based on the number of
sides of the figures, and may be used to pair the permanent (adult)
teeth with the primary (baby) teeth they normally replace. For
example: upper right baby tooth “E” and its adult counterpart
(upper right adult tooth “5”) are both in the fifth position, and
a red pentagon backs both. Besides being educational, these colored
shapes may also be used for a wide variety of matching-type card
VARIATIONS: For added variety, please
consider the following game modifications.
The players may decide to play the same initial Meld for every hand,
or choose their own initial Melds, or number of hands. After the hands
have been played, the player with the lowest total score is the
The players may decide to end the game once a losing player reaches a
certain high score, such as 500. The high score must be decided before
3. The Teeth Time™ card deck may also be used to play a
wide variety of other card games, including classic children's games.
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