Streptococcus mutans is a species of bacteria that colonizes the human mouth leading to production and secretion of a type of exopolysaccharide into the environment.
In large enough concentrations, exopolysaccharides form biofilms commonly referred to as dental plaque. This biofilm can protect the S. mutans bacteria beneath.
However, exopolysaccharide production by a single bacterium uses a lot of energy and resources and is a slow process.
Based on this information, which of the following conclusions is MOST logical?